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Would you please tell me if "only + few" is possible in English or should it be "only + a few" ?
example : a) Although many qualify, only few homeless people get Social Security benefits.
b) Although many qualify, only a few homeless people get Social Security benefits.
Are the two sentences above correct ?
Thank you for your help.
Thank you emsr2d2
Would it be possible to replace "a few" by "some" ? Would the meaning be different ?
"Although many qualify, only a few / only some homeless people get Social Security benefits."
'A few' has, very roughly, a similar meaning to 'some'.
'Few' has, roughly' a similar meaning to 'not many'.
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