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    #1

    a few/ few

    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)?

    Thank you!

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    Re: a few/ few

    '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.

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