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    miniwave is offline Newbie
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    Default "a" before quantifiers and numbers

    Hi everyone!
    Could anyone try to explain the existence of the article a
    before quantifiers like:
    a lot of
    a few
    before numbers like:
    a million
    a hundred
    Tnx for answering

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    Default Re: "a" before quantifiers and numbers

    Quote Originally Posted by miniwave View Post
    Hi everyone!
    Could anyone try to explain the existence of the article a
    before quantifiers like:
    a lot of
    a few
    before numbers like:
    a million
    a hundred
    Tnx for answering
    Before numbers it means "one". Before "lot" and "few" it changes their meaning and doesn't mean "one".

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    Tdol is offline Editor, UsingEnglish.com
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    Default Re: "a" before quantifiers and numbers

    With few/little, there is a difference of meaning:
    I have few friends = I am lonely (negative meaning)
    I have a few friends = not many, but no problem.

    BTW, I think Harry accidentally typed 'lot' instead of 'little' in his reply, as 'lot' takes an article unless used in the plural.

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