There is a topic about wenig and niedrig but it is not clear for me. As you know we could not use these words everywhere interchangeabely. For example:

Wenn sie ein geringes Einkommen haben, zahlen sie nur wenig Steuern.

Another example :

Die Anzahl an Bällen ist zu gering.
Ich habe zu wenige Bälle.

So I want to know a good explanation for them.

  • Which topic "is there"? this one? german.stackexchange.com/q/41452/36160 ? please insert your related topics. And please add which difference you understood until today / where you see equality. Right now I understand that your problem is: same object/context, (same) sentence - different word used -> why is it so? Jan 17, 2021 at 9:45

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The words have a close semantic sense but their application differs

  • Wenig. Indefinite pronoun, adverb. Meaning "not much", "small" or "few in" quantity.

  • Niedrig. Adjective, adverb. Meaning "falling short" or "low level", e.g: "The barrel had a low/short level of water".

  • Kaum. An adverb, meaning "barely" (enough), literally: "Kaum genug".

  • Gering. Can be an adverb, adjective, or noun. Meaning is very close to the above, but closer to "scarce".

  • Ein bisschen. Indefinite pronoun, or adjective. Literally "a little bit".

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