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

Alex--507 May 22, 2015, 8:37 pm
Just wondering what the key difference is in using these since they
both seem to mean "small , little " etc. thanks
Difference in using 小 (xiao) and 少 (shao)
Robert-C7 May 22, 2015, 9:42 pm
I think  小 (xiao) is used to describe the size of something
(small) while 少 (shao) is used in comparisons (less).
Difference in using 小 (xiao) and 少 (shao)
Alex--507 May 23, 2015, 5:29 pm
thanks for the help
Difference in using 小 (xiao) and 少 (shao)
Lin-Ping July 28, 2015, 7:41 am
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
Difference in using 小 (xiao) and 少 (shao)

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