Thursday, 6 December 2012

A few , a little

A few and few, a little and little
These expressions show the speaker's attitude towards the quantity he/she is referring to.
A few (for countable nouns) and a little (for uncountable nouns) describe the quantity in a positive way:
·         "I've got a few friends" (= maybe not many, but enough)

·         "I've got a little money" (= I've got enough to live on)

Few and little describe the quantity in a negative way:
·         Few people visited him in hospital (= he had almost no visitors)

He had little money (= almost no money)

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