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    SYMPATHY

    "He has few sympathies for that political group."

    Is the phrase "few sympathies" ok?

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    Re: SYMPATHY

    He has little sympathy...

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    so "few sympathies" is ok under some circumstances?

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    checking....

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    If I refer to few sympathies in IELTS writing module, will that be not an error?

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    Re: SYMPATHY

    Quote Originally Posted by azkad View Post
    If I refer to few sympathies in IELTS writing module, will that be not an error?
    The British National Corpus has 68 examples of 'little sympathy' and none of 'few sympathies'. Gilnetter's acceptance of your version suggests there might be a Br vs Am distinction, but I can't check in COCA at the moment.

    Whatever the case may be, I wouldn't advise using it in an IELTS exam.

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    Re: SYMPATHY

    Just for the record, I don't think "few sympathies" is wrong. I was giving the more common saying.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    Just for the record, I don't think "few sympathies" is wrong. I was giving the more common saying.
    I wouldn't use it.
    Can you have one sympathy for something? Is it possible to have two sympathies, but not three, for a group?

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    Re: SYMPATHY

    I don't think few sympathies is acceptable, either.

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    Arrow Re: SYMPATHY

    But when someone dies, it seems that people would say "our sympathies are with you.....", not "our sympathy is with you.....". So semi-countable "sympathies" is stronger than uncountable "sympathy"?

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