small vs. little

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small vs. little

Post by azz » Tue Oct 30, 2018 8:30 am

a. What he had in his pocket was not real money. It was small money. It came from a board game probably.
b. What he had in his pocket was not real money. It was little money. It came from a board game probably.


Are both versions acceptable?

Many thanks.
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Re: small vs. little

Post by tony h » Tue Oct 30, 2018 12:09 pm

Small money or little money do not suggest "toy money" which is the phrase I think I would use. "Small change" is low value coins. "Little money" - as in : "there was little money in the house" suggests either a low amount of money or much less than one would expect.

Toy money or fake money can mean the same thing. Although when the toy money is printed to look a lot like real money (even if it is a different size) then saying "fake money" is more likely.
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