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A little or a few, little or few

A little, a few, very little, very few


The expressions a little and a few mean some or enough. The expressions (very) little and (very) few mean hardly any or not enough. A little, a few, (very) little and (very) few are quantifiers

Study the following examples:


Examples I've got a little money. I'm going to the cinema. I've got a few friends. We meet everyday. I've got (very) little money. I need to borrow some. I've got (very) few friends. I need to make new friends. Meaning some/enough hardly any / not enough

The rules:
Affirmative sentences: A little, a few, (very) little and (very) few are generally used in affirmative statements, not negatives or questions. Countable and uncountable nouns: A little and (very) little are used with uncountable nouns (money, bread, water...) 2. A few and (very) few are used with countable nouns (friends, tables, teachers..)
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Meaning:
1. A little and a few mean: some or enough.

Example: "I have got a little money" = I have got some money. It's enough for me to do what I want. "I have got a few friends" = I have got some or enough friends. We meet every day.
2. (Very) little and (very) few mean; hardly any or not enough.

Examples:

I have got (very) little money = I have got hardly any. I haven't got enough. I'll borrow some from my friend. I have got (very) few friends = I have got hardly any. I haven't got enough. I need to make new friends.