‘A few’ or ‘few’

‘A few’ or ‘few’

When to use “a few” and “few”.

We saw a few pelicans on the beach

 or

We saw few pelicans on the beach.

We saw a few pelicans on the beach.

 it means you saw a small number of pelicans there.

But

We saw few pelicans on the beach.

 it means you expected to see more pelicans,

but you only saw “few”,

which in the sentence means

“not enough”

or

“not many”.

tengkp

 

 

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