Minions Madness and Small vs. Little In English

Posted on Jul 14 2015 - 11:00am by PopESL

Minions opened last weekend and was a huge success earning more than 115 million.  The movie topped the US and Canada box office with the second-biggest debut for an animated film.

Minions, which features the voices of Sandra Bullock and Jon Hamm, follows the babbling, yellow, pill-shaped servants from the Despicable Me films as they search for a new master to follow.

Did you see Minions? Did you like it?

Minions are small and Minions are little? So what’s the difference?

Small and little are both adjectives.

I have a small problem.

I have a little car.

Little can be used in negative situations and to show lack of significance.

He is a little difficult to deal with.

She had a little fight with her sister.

When you want to describe size, either small or little can be used, although small is more common:

That portion is really small.

He gave me a small gift.

That’s a little puppy

Both small and little are possible, however, little is typically used when we want to express some sort of emotion.

I’m feeling a little sad today.

Use little bit of + noun to talk about a small quantity or amount.

I’ll take a little bit of ice in my drink.
Put on a little bit of lipstick.

Small is also used in comparative sentences. It’s not typical to use little for comparison.

She has the smallest amount of Facebook friends.

How do you use small and little?

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