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    Hello, teachers, What does this sentence mean?

    Hello, teachers, What does this sentence mean?

    My mother has been to the farm. She has not a few apples in her basket.

    Does it mean she has many apples or she just only has several apples. Thank you!

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    Re: Hello, teachers, What does this sentence mean?

    She has a lot of apples.

    (But it's not a colloquial way of putting it.)

    Rover

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    Re: Hello, teachers, What does this sentence mean?

    Quote Originally Posted by Gillnetter View Post
    It's an odd sentence. To me, it either means that she has less than a few apples or she has more than a few apples. In either case she does not have a few apples. When using "few" you should understand that there is not an exact number indicated.
    Yes, me too I understand from the meaning of the sentence that there are many apples in the basket. This post remember me when I studied the lesson of "Adverb of quantity: (few, fewer, a few, some, a lot, lots of, etc...) So, my teacher told us that few is positive (i.e several/uncountable number) and a few is negative ( some/quantity which you can count easily).
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    Re: Hello, teachers, What does this sentence mean?

    Thank you!

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