Consider the following sentence.

We should pay little attention to little things in life.

What type of adjective is little in this sentence? I am confused if it is descriptive or quantitative.

What about the second little in the same sentence? Is it a descriptive adjective?

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little things = not very important or serious, insignificant, trivial things (descriptive)

little attention = a small amount of attention (quantitative)

pay little attention to sth = not take it seriously

  • Can't we take 'little attention' to be 'not serious attention'?
    – lokesh L P
    Commented May 4, 2021 at 11:21
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    I think we can, it's both qualitative (careful, close, undivided, special, full attention) and quantitative (little, no, not much attention) Commented May 4, 2021 at 12:11

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