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I wonder if there are any differences between in the following sentences in terms of meaning.

I have little money to buy a new car.

I have too little money to buy a new car.

As far as I know, both convey a meaning that it is " not enough" and using "too" makes the situation a bit more emphasizing.

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  • The second is better. The first sounds like you might have quite a lot of money for other things.
    – Lambie
    Apr 10 at 18:46
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    They have different meanings. The first implies you don’t have a lot of money to buy a car, but you can still buy some kind of car. The second sentences says your finances prevent you from buying any car at all. Apr 10 at 19:52
  • Also be aware that "I have a little money to buy a new car"" exists
    – James K
    Apr 10 at 20:19
  • @FeliniusRex Does "I have a little money to buy A new car" have a meaning that "The first implies you don’t have a lot of money to buy a car, but you can still buy some kind of car."
    – Mrt
    Apr 10 at 21:15
  • Is it correct : Both has a meaning that you do not have enough money to buy a car. The first sentence can imply you can have some money which is enough to buy other things but not a car. However, the second sentence implies that you can not buy almost anything.
    – Mrt
    Apr 10 at 21:21
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The difference is in what is implied.

I have little money to buy a car

suggests something like so I might not be able to find one I can afford, or so it won't be a very good one.

I have too little money to buy a car

implies there is no chance I will find one I can afford.

The third option, mentioned in the comments,

I have a little money to buy a car

doesn't have these negative implications, so it might be followed by something like so I'm going to see what I can find.

As andyman says, English speakers are much more likely to say not much and not enough than little and too little.

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The second choice is the better, but I would not recommend using either, as you could rephrase your sentence to sound better by saying "I don't have enough money to buy a car." Sometimes restructuring a sentence can make it sound much better than making small changes.

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