a little time / little time?

Which one is correct?

I can't talk now, l have little time. I can't talk now, l have a little time. 

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  • Speed
    Lv 7
    1 month ago
    Favorite Answer

    This one is subtle. I admire anyone trying to master the ins and outs of English.

    "A little time" means a small amount of available time.

    "Little time" means virtually no available time, or only a tiny bit.

    I can't talk now; I have little time.

    I can talk now; I have a little time.

  • 1 month ago

    "I can't talk now, I have a little time" is correct answer

  • 1 month ago

    if you did have a little time, then you could talk.  but you lack time (have little time to spare) so you cannot talk right now.  not enough time to do it.  the amount is little, too little for the task.

  • RP
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    In this example, little time is correct. By including "a", the meaning becomes just the opposite of without the "a".

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  • 1 month ago

    This is the same difference as between "few people" and "a few people".

    "I can't talk now; I have very little time." This is a negative idea."I can have a brief conversation if you're quick. I have a little time before I have to leave." This is a positive idea.

  • 1 month ago

    Little time. 

    Because “A little time” would need something before time. Like “A little bit of time” 

    It depends on how you use the wording

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