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    Question too many few

    hi

    can you help me with this sort of description:

    is it correct to use the combination of "too many few"?
    and if so, what does it mean? and when is it used usually?

    here's the text it was used in:
    In terms of the available literature, there are, in particular, too few books and many too few journals.

    sorry, i just saw that the title is not the same, my question is about "many too few"
    Last edited by rania_k; 25-Jan-2011 at 11:58. Reason: giving example for usage of many too few

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    Re: too many few

    Quote Originally Posted by rania_k View Post
    hi

    can you help me with this sort of description:

    is it correct to use the combination of "too many few"?
    and if so, what does it mean? and when is it used usually?
    Welcome to the forums rania. No, "too many few" is not correct.

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    Thumbs up Re: too many few

    thanks

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    #4

    Re: too many few

    . . .too few books and far too few journals
    would be acceptable.

    Rover

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    #5

    Re: too many few

    We can, however. say a few too many.

    There are a few too many people on this bus; a couple of you will have to get off.

    Compare this:

    There are far too many people on this bus. At least twenty of you will have to get off.

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    #6

    Smile Re: too many few

    Thanks Rover and fivejedjon

    I don't know why the author used this term, I find it confusing, that's why I thought of asking whether it was correct to be used like that.

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    Re: too many few

    [QUOTE=rania_k;707372]hi

    can you help me with this sort of description:

    is it correct to use the combination of "too many few"?
    and if so, what does it mean? and when is it used usually?


    I registered onto this site just because I saw this question and wanted to let you (renia_k) that it is not wrong to use "TOO MANY FEW" in a sentence... Or at one go.
    The usage of such contradictory words next to each other is known as an::: OXYMORON
    Other examples include:
    1. open secret
    2. larger half
    3. original copies
    4. tragic comedy
    5. good grief
    6. silent scream
    7. only choice
    8. working holiday

    So no, it is not wrong to use "TOO MANY FEW"
    Here's a sentence example I've thought up:

    Question: How much Contribution do you give to cleaning the community?:
    Answer: A Lot (Many): 123 A Little (Few): 500
    ~THERE ARE TOO MANY FEW ENTRIES FOR THE COMPETITION.~

    You get? Not bad :)

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    Re: too many few

    Quote Originally Posted by QuincessMdee View Post
    I registered onto this site just because I saw this question and wanted to let you (renia_k) that it is not wrong to use "TOO MANY FEW" in a sentence...
    Sorry, but it is not acceptable English.

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