Few or Little

We use a few and a little to mean

“not very much” or “not very many”.

 

Whether you use a few or a little depends

on what type of noun you are describing.

 

For example:

A few people came to the party.”

 

We use a few with plural, countable nouns.

“There’s a little coffee left, if you would like some.”

 

We use a little with uncountable nouns.

We can also use few and little

(without “a”) for a more negative meaning.

 

For example,

“there’s little point in calling” 

(= there’s not much point calling).

Few people understand”

(not many people understand),

 compared to “a few people understand”

(some We use a few and a little to mean

 “not very much” or “not very many”.)

 

Whether you use a few or a little depends 

on what type of noun you are describing.

 

We use a few with plural, countable nouns.

We use a little with uncountable nouns.

 

We can also use few and little (without “a”) 

for a more negative meaning.

 

For example,

“there’s little point in calling”

(= there’s not much point calling).

 

In spoken English,

we can also say not many,

or only a few to mean “few” and “only a little” 

or “not much” to mean “little”.

 

When we make comparisons, 

we use :-        fewer for plural nouns and

                          less for uncountable nouns.

For example,

“There are fewer people here than last year” or

“he drinks less coffee than I do”.

 

Happy Learning

By tengkp

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