"मेरे पास थोड़े पैसे हैं।"
Translation:I have a little money.
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I'd like to know this, too, as I see speakers of various Indian languages make this mistake a lot, I mean using "few" and "little" where it should say "a few" and "a little". What would be the correct translation for "little money" (i.e. emphasizing that it's not very much), and wouldn't "some money" be kucch (as someone suggested below)?
I notice, although I can't quantify it, a regional difference in the use of "a bit". The Brits seem to use the word more freely than we Americans, and I am not sure of the implications when I hear "a bit" said by UK resident. I haven't heard enough Australian to get a feel it. Do any of you Britons notice a difference?
Because in the Hindi sentence the subject is the money. Literally it translates to "By me, a little money is."
The Hindi seem to have no word to directly translate "have", so you have to paraphrase the sentence to find a suitable Hindi phrase for what you want to say.
Also note that in previous lessons there was another expression that translates to "have" in English. When you say something is yours, you use the genitive pronouns:
मेरे दो किताबें हैं। – I have two books, literally: Mine, two books are. This means you possess two books.
However, the expression we are discussing now looks like this:
मेरे पास दो किताबें हैं। – I have two books, literally: By me, two books are. This means you dispose of two books. But I suspect this does not necessarily mean that they are yours. We should ask a native speaker if this is true.
I notice that the hints are regularly missing, si regularly that I guess that this is deliberate part of the thinking behind the course. I can appreciate that the course designers do this to test the learner's memorization for previously-presented vocabulary, but I feel that the hints are taken away too soon, before the learner has had enough practice to memorize them. I can say that it creates a kot if frustration for me. I hope this can be rectified. Thanks for all your work with the rest of the course.