little / small

Small is only used for physical size (a big apartment / a small apartment).

Little can be used for:

  • Size (The cake is decorated with little flowers.)
  • Amount (Can I have a little milk for my coffee?)
  • Degree (I’m a little nervous.)
  • Size with an emotional expression.

    This emotional expression can be:

  • Adoration: Look at that cute little dog! o Sympathy: That poor little girl has no mother or father.
  • Dislike: I don’t want to go to her stupid little party.