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Little as a noun[edit]

Little simply cannot be a noun in English. I've just deleted a section that looks like this:

#a small amount
#:Little did I know about mountain climbing before I set off.

*Finnish: vähäinen määrä
*Swedish: lite

This is in fact just the adjective being used without a noun, and the word lite in Swedish is also an adjective. --Krun 23:49, 30 September 2005 (UTC)

That example was indeed incorrect, but: He knows little about British history? Every little helps? These are either nouns, or maybe bare determiners (you can't say *my little, *one little, *two littles). In any case, the current entry doesn't account for them. CapnPrep 23:58, 12 January 2007 (UTC)
A "bare determiner" is a pronoun. And an adjective used without a noun is a noun. "Little" in Little did I know is either a pronoun or noun. I think it's a pronoun.

Little as a determiner[edit]

The third adjective sense: trifling, negligable It's of little importance. is actually a determiner, not an adjective. However, when I tried to make that change, there were some issues WRT to the order of entries and an admin reverted the change.--BrettR 15:06, 26 October 2006 (UTC)

Aren't the examples actually not just examples of the "small in amount/not much" sense? It's only because it's paired with "importance" that the sentence there means "it's trivial". Would a better example not be something like "it's the little things in life"? -- 09:43, 28 November 2014 (UTC)

Bug in SAMPA formatter[edit]

The SAMPA notation for syllabic 'l' is /l=/. When presented with a final syllabic 'l', as in "little" (/"lItl=/), Wiktionary's SAMPA formatter gets confused and displays "{{{l}}}". How do I fix this?

Use an escape sequence such as = or specify the parameter you're assigning, e.g. {{X-SAMPA|1=/"lItl=/}}Template:X-SAMPA. (It's not a bug per se. "=" has a special meaning in template calls; it tells it you're naming a parameter. You're telling the template to give the parameter /"litl the value /, but the template is not instructed how to display arbitrary parameters.) —Muke Tever 00:06, 3 June 2008 (UTC)
Thanks! AndreasWittenstein 19:19, 3 June 2008 (UTC)
For future reference, escape sequences should generally not be used unless there is no alternative as they make the source text harder to read. Thryduulf 02:33, 4 June 2008 (UTC)
X-SAMPA is being phased out completely anyway. Mglovesfun (talk) 17:07, 1 December 2013 (UTC)

RFC discussion: November–December 2014[edit]

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Some — I suspect all — of the quotations sub ===Adverb=== are attached to the wrong sense. But I seek others' input.​—msh210 (talk) 05:06, 20 November 2014 (UTC)

@Msh210   I think you're right about the first and the third quotes, but I think the second is in the right place. I've added a link to the second quote's chapter online, and you can check the sense in the quote's context. I fancy it'll be alright for me to shift the two misplaced quotes, and clear the request template away. Thanks for noticing the error! — ReidAA (talk) 09:52, 4 December 2014 (UTC)
Thanks.​—msh210 (talk) 04:50, 5 December 2014 (UTC)