Student or Learner
Hello, I have a question.
This is a question from an English Proficiency test.
A: The summer tourist rush is nearly over.
B: Yes, there are only ____________ people remaining at the resort.
(a) few (b) little (c) a few (d) a little
The answer is (c), but isn't it possible to put (a) in the blank instead?
If it is not possible, could you tell me why not (a)?
'few' means 'not a lot'. "There are few people" = "There are not a lot of people."
We don't say "There are only not a lot of people", so we don't say "There are only few people."
In any case, whatever the explanation, a) is wrong.