“The housing market continues to show little sign of improvement, according to the latest statistics from the Bank of England.”

“Figures out today show that GDP has expanded by 2.5% in the third quarter of this year, but the housing market and many businesses are showing little sign of improvement.”

Das Wort “little” (determiner, pronoun) wird in diesem Fall in Verbindung mit unzählbaren Substantiven verwendet. Bedeutung: “not much”, “hardly anything”.

“There was little doubt in my mind.”
“Students have little choice in the matter.”
“I understood little of what they said.”

Es bedeutet NICHT “etwas” bzw. “ein wenig”.

Im Gegensatz hierzu verwenden wir “a little” im Sinne von “a small amount” bzw. “some”.

“I’ve only read a little of the book so far.”
“Could you give me a little milk?”