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A little vs little


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There is a sentence in the lesson:

They say A LITTLE/LITTLE coffee is good for your metabolism.

The answer is A little. I don't understand why because they can say what they want. 

Can you help me to understand it?

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Hello Karola,

I don't know what lesson you're talking about, but I hope the following will help:

When you say "a little", you mean a small amount.

On the other hand, when you say "little" before a noun, it also means a small amount, but this time the amount is almost nothing, not enough. 

Examples:  - "I have a little money" >> a small amount, but it's enough.

                    - "I have little money"   >> a small amount, but almost nothing, not enough to get what I want.

So,  your example sentence above means: "a small amount of coffee is good for your metabolism."

Best regards

 

 

 

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