I thought about describing it this way:

...which led to his loss of the little of everything he had.

It doesn't sound very nice, and it also sounds like I'm saying that the loss was a "little of everything."

Is there a better way to describe this?

  • ..which led to the loss of the precious little he possessed? – Autoresponder Nov 20 '13 at 9:13
  • ..which led to lossing the very little that he never had anything beside. – Mostafwani Nov 20 '13 at 10:25
  • ... losing all of what little he had. By the little of everything could actually mean a small part of each of the things he had, not all! (The definite article does help, of course.) – Kris Nov 20 '13 at 10:35

I'd just remove the "of everything" and possibly change the "his" to a "the"

...which led to the loss of the little he had.

  • +1 Or if it were tangible objects, ... the few things he had. – bib Nov 20 '13 at 13:25

'Which led to the entire loss of his few humble possessions'.


...which led to his loss of everything, yet it was so little.

  • This does not provide an answer to the question. To critique or request clarification from an author, leave a comment below their post. – Brian Hooper Nov 20 '13 at 13:20
  • With all due respect, I sincerely believe that my answer is "a good way" to describe 'everything', when that 'everything' is very little. Isn't writing what you thought originally a good way to write? --Note: If I want to write that in my essay, I would go with "...which led to his loss of everything, yet his loss was so little." – Damkerng T. Nov 20 '13 at 13:36

"the loss of what little he had"

or perhaps, to put a finer point on it, "the loss of what little he did have."

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