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Фразеологизмы со словами: a little

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a little
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A small amount (of); some. Usually "a little" is different in meaning from "little", which emphasizes the negative; "a little" means "some"; but "little" means "not much". We say
"We thought that the paper was all gone, but a little was left."
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But we say,
"We thought we still had a bag of flour, but little was left."
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Also, we say,
"Bob was sick yesterday, but he is a little better today."
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But we say,
"Bob was sick yesterday, and he is little better today."
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Sometimes "a little" is used with "only", and then it is negative.
We thought we had a whole bag of flour, but only a little was left.
We have used most of the sugar; but a little is left.
We did not eat all the cake; we saved a little of it for you.
I'm tired; I need a little time to rest.
Where is the paper? I need a little more.
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Often used like an adverb.
Usually the teacher just watched the dancing class, but sometimes she danced a little to show them how.
The children wanted to play a little longer.
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Sometimes used with "very" for emphasis.
The sick girl could not eat anything, but she could drink a very little tea.
Synonym:
A BIT
Compare:
A FEW
Contrast:
A LOT QUITE A LITTLE
a little bird told me
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To have learned something from a mysterious, unknown, or secret source.
О ситуации когда информация получена из неизвестного источника; "лухом земля полнится"; "сорока на хвосте принесла".
"Who told you that Dean Smith was resigning?" Peter asked. "A little bird told me," Jim answered.
A little bird told me that you are getting married soon.
Мне по секрету рассказали, что ты скоро женишься.
a little knowledge is a dangerous thing
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A person who knows a little about something may think he knows it all and make bad mistakes. A proverb.
John has read a book on driving a car and now he thinks he can drive. A little knowledge is a dangerous thing.
quite a little
quite a bit
not a little
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Rather a large amount; rather much; more than a little.
We are not finished; quite a little is left to do.
Cleaning the backyard needed quite a little work.
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The phrase "quite a bit" is used like an adjective only before "less", "more".
Six inches of snow fell today, and quite a bit more is coming tonight.
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Sometimes used like an adverb.
Harry was sick quite a little last winter.
Compare:
A LITTLE A LOT QUITE A PEW