Irina Dunn, an Austrian writer said, "A woman needs a man, like a fish needs a bicycle." I would want a bicycle if I were a fish. So basically is she saying a woman needs a man "a little" which means some or "little" which means not much. It's these kinds of shades of meaning that add finesse to the language. If you haven't learned these differences check out this micro lesson on how much is "little". You'll soon realize it is more of a feeling than a number.
I hope now you are able to use "a little" and "little" as well as the other quantifiers with confidence. Check your answers on the quiz: 1. a little 2. a lot of (you must be positive!) 3. a lot 4. a few. Did you know any of the idioms: few and far between means rare or hard to find; to pull a few strings is to get around some paperwork or other bureaucracy; to raise a few eyebrows is to do something others view as unconventional; a little goes a long way means you don't need much; and you have to kiss a lot of frogs to find a prince, well it means you've got to get out there and just get to it, regardless of how dirty the work, or quite literally it can mean the right man is hard to find. I hope you've enjoyed this mini lesson on a little and a lot. It didn't take a lot of words, so it won't take you a lot of time and you can get back to work hopefully a little wiser.
ANNABELLE B-BAUMANN, Communication Coach
"Annabelle I've learned alot from you .....with your friendly art and your diversified lessons... it is never boring!!!" -Doris
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