small and little

Small is used just to talk about size. It is opposite of large

  • Could I have a small brandy, please.
  • You’re too small to be a policeman.

The adjective little is used to talk about
size + emotion

If we call something little, we usually have some sort of feeling about it-
we like it, or we dislike it, or it makes us laugh, or we think it is sweet.

  • Poor little thing- come here and let me look after you.
  • What’s he like? Oh, he’s a funny little man.
  • What’s that nasty little boy doing in our garden?
  • They’ve bought a pretty little house in the country.

Little is not usually used after a verb.