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    not a few

    a. This is a movie with not a few violent scenes in it
    Does this mean: this movie has many violent scenes in it.?

    b. He has not a few friends.

    Does this mean: He has many friends.?

    To me (b) means he has many friends, but

    c. He doesn't have a few friends.

    simply contradicts 'He has a few friends.'

    As far as I can see (c) could be followed with 'He has a great number of friends.' or 'He doesn't have any friends at all' or 'He has only one friend' or....


    Many thanks

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    Re: not a few

    Almost identical thread answered here.

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