1

Can "little" be used to modify "such + noun"? Does "little such care" sound natural to you?

Thank you very much!

  • 5
    Can you give us a full sentence please? – Dangph Jul 27 '14 at 12:12
  • Yes, it can. But I doubt that this is the answer you were hoping for. Provide more detail in your question and you can get a better answer to it. – fluffy Jul 27 '14 at 15:53
  • What about "He deserve little such care"? It it natural? – April Jul 29 '14 at 2:21
  • Some examples from Google's book search: google.com/… – Nico Aug 29 '14 at 17:56
  • 1
    "He deserves little such care." is OK. – user3169 Oct 29 '14 at 0:25
1

This is acceptable, but only when little is used as a quantifier with a non-count noun, not when it is used to indicate size.

Scholarly writers on social topics should take care to exclude their personal biases. okLittle such care is evident in this essay. ... What is meant, and correctly expressed, is 'little care of this sort'.

Children as young as eight years old are working here. Little such children should not be permitted in the mines. ... What is meant, but incorrectly expressed, is 'such little children' = 'children who are so little'.


*marks an ungrammatical utterance.

-1

Yes, but it's more proper to write

"little of such care"

or

"little in the way of such care."

By dropping "of" the author places added focus on the omission of care.

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.