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Little or a little

Posted by Anwar on August 22, 2003

In Reply to: Little or a little posted by tak on August 22, 2003

: Hello.
: Let me ask you some questions about a little and little.

: There is ( a little / little ) doubt that Annemie's team will win the quiz.

: I feel that both a little and little are correct as this sentence goes. But some friends say a little is not correct.

: How about "There is a little doubt that Annemie's team would win the quiz."?

If we want to say that Annemie's team is certain to win then we will use "little" instead of "a little". But if there is some element of doubt in it then we will use "a little".