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After carrying too ____ inventory for six months, the mail order company went out of business.

A) little
B) less
C) few
D) small


The answer is A). However, my questions are:

1. Is inventory always considered a non-countable noun? If not, can I change that to " After carrying too many inventories for six months...."?

2. Why is answer D) no good?

Please advise.

LC
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Lcchang
After carrying too ____ inventory for six months, the mail order company went out of business.

A) little

B) less

C) few

D) small

The answer is A). However, my questions are:

1. Is inventory always considered a non-countable noun?

No, while meaning a written list of all the objects, furniture, etc. inventory is a countable noun. E.g. in a particular building, an inventory of the museum’s contents

If not, can I change that to " After carrying too many inventories for six months...."?

No. Because while meaning all the goods in a shop, inventory is an uncountable noun.

2. Why is answer D) no good?

It's because little is used to modify uncountable nouns, while small is used to modify countable noun.

>2. Why is answer D) no good?>

Because the fixed expression, "too little", means "not enough" or "insufficient".
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Thanks a lot!!!

LC