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    "a few" vs few

    Hi ,

    do we say "we are few" or" we are a few" to indicate that we are just few persons.

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    Re: "a few" vs few

    In truth, I'd say "There aren't very many of us."

    We are few in number, but mighty in determination.
    There are only a few of us (emphasizes not many).
    There are a few of us (some with no sense of whether that's good or bad)
    There are few of us (emphasizes the smallness of the number)
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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