short time vs little time

Discussion in 'English Only' started by Mustermisstler, May 4, 2015.

  1. Mustermisstler

    Mustermisstler Senior Member

    England
    Spanish.Spain
    Hello everybody,

    I want to know the difference in meaning between the sentences below.


    • I worked there for a short time.
    • I worked there for a little time.


    • The little time we devote to cooking is one of the advantages of modern life.
    • The short time we devote to cooking is one of the advantages of modern life.


    Am I right in saying that :
    little time = not much time
    short time = less time than usually.

    Thanks
     
  2. Copyright

    Copyright Senior Member

    Penang
    American English
    I worked there for a short time.
    ​The little time we devote to cooking ...

    I would only use those two in your sentences, perhaps because the first refers to duration of time, while the second refers to amount of time.
     

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