Using: A Little

The phrase a little is used in English to mean “a small amount.” This phrase can be used with both nouns and verbs.

We use a little before a non-countable noun to mean “a small amount of noun”:

  • Do you have a little time to chat today?
  • Jack had a little red wine and then fell asleep.
  • I need a little information about your English classes.

We also use a little after a verb to mean “a small amount of action

  • We talked a little, then left the café.
  • Jack drank a little water before falling asleep.
  • I try to exercise a little every day.

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