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    a few VS few

    Dear friends...

    What's the difference between 'a few' and 'few'?

    A few friends of mine and I went out for lunch and hung out.
    Few friends of mine know where the accident happened.


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    Exclamation Re: a few VS few

    Quote Originally Posted by marciobarbalho View Post
    Dear friends...

    What's the difference between 'a few' and 'few'?

    A few friends of mine and I went out for lunch and hung out.(=a small number)
    Few friends of mine know where the accident happened.(=Not many but more than one)

    Thanks
    A few differs slightly from few used alone, which means "not many." For example, The party was attended by a few indicates that a small number of guests came to the party, whereas The party began at eight, and few attended means that hardly any guests(negligible in number) came.

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    Re: a few VS few

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    Quote Originally Posted by marciobarbalho View Post
    Dear friends...

    What's the difference between 'a few' and 'few'?

    A few friends of mine and I went out for lunch and hung out.
    Few friends of mine know where the accident happened.


    Thanks
    As far as I know, both mean small number, not many but there is a diffrence: 'a few' means the number is quite enough to the speaker (satifies the speaker) while 'few' means the number is less than the speaker's expectancy.

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    Re: a few VS few

    Luckily just a few missed the bus.
    It's pity (that) few members attended the conference.

    I guess this is the right track.

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    Exclamation Re: a few VS few

    Quote Originally Posted by marciobarbalho View Post
    Luckily just a few missed the bus.
    It's pity (that) few members attended the conference.

    I guess this is the right track.
    Exactly.

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