Is the "my little time" grammatical? If so, what is its grammatical principle?

I have little time.

I miss my little time.

I only know that the first sentence is correct but I don't know whether the second sentence is correct or not? If not, how can I modify it to materalise grammatical?

  • It may be worth adding an example like "It's my time!" or "My time is now!" to the question. Those expressions are valid combinations of time with my, and mean "The time is now right for me to [do whatever it is]". – Andrew Leach Sep 22 '17 at 7:55
  • 'Little' in ''I have little time' is used in the sense of 'not much' - 'I have little time in which to get ready'. So your second sentence doesn't really work. – Kate Bunting Sep 22 '17 at 8:04
  • I think it's close to grammatical. This would be idiomatic: "I cherish what little time I have left". – Steve Bennett Sep 22 '17 at 8:19
  • In 'I have little time', little is the quantifier usage. This doesn't usually sit well with possessive pronouns, especially without 'padding': there are examples of 'I want to enjoy my little time left with you' say on the internet. // In 'I miss my little dog', little is the adjective. – Edwin Ashworth Sep 22 '17 at 8:53

As Kate Bunting said in her comment above:

"I have little time" = "I don't have much time"

Compare to "I have few regrets" = "I don't have many regrets" (The difference much/many is to do with countability - you can count regrets, but time exists as a continuum)

I also agree with Steve Bennett's suggestion for the alternative.

As Kate said, "little time" = "not much time", and you can't say "my not much time".

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