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Difference in using 小 (xiao) and 少 (shao)

Alex--507

Just wondering what the key difference is in using these since they both seem to mean "small , little " etc. thanks

Robert-C7

I think  小 (xiao) is used to describe the size of something (small) while 少 (shao) is used in comparisons (less).

Alex--507

thanks for the help

Lin-Ping

你们好!

Yes, Robert you are correct, is used to describe the size of something whereas is used to describe the quantity of something.  For example:
  • 我的狗很小。 (My dog is very small.)     but,
  • 这边儿的狗很少。 (There are few dogs here.)
Keep up the good work and 加油!

   -   Lin Ping

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