“Little did I know” is an expression in English that you can use when you want to show that you were unaware of something that would occur at a later time.
It is a way of reflecting that you did not have all the information at some past time.
You could not have anticipated the outcome.
Little did I know, when I started learning English, how many friends I would make.
Little Did I Know in a Sentence(Examples)
When I started talking to my co-worker, little did I know that we would develop into a relationship.
Little did I know that he was cheating on me the whole time.
Little did I know that this business would be such a big success.
Do you need a comma after “Little did I know”?
If the sentence has more than one clause, then you need to use a common.
Little did I know, when I came to this city, I would end up designing a building.
If you only need one clause(part of a sentence), you can use “that” and you do not need a comma.
Little did I know that she was from the same country as me.
What can I say instead of Little did I know?
Some expressions that you can use instead of “Little did I know”:
I was unaware at that time….
I had no clue that…..
I had no idea that….
I hadn’t been made aware….
I was completely unaware…
Is “Little did I know” an idiom?
No,”Little did I know” is not an idiom because the meaning of the phrase is deducible from the words.
Little did I know(Usage)
Little did I know is often used in an ironic/joking way.
“Little did I know she would be the one!”
It is also common in older books as a way to begin a story.