Retired English Teacher
I still don't know exactly which of the following phrases is correct, or maybe they're all correct. If so, what's the difference between them, if any?
only a little
only a few
I need to go to the shops. There's only a little (milk) left.
I need some more eggs. There are only a few (eggs) left.
Count noun: a few;e.g., eggs
Non-count noun: a little; e.g., milk
Does that help?
I need to buy more milk. There('s/ is) little left. (no need to use "only")
The general is relieving some of his officers. Only few know whom.
You can also separate the two sentences/clauses with a semicolon since they're talking about the same "idea." A semicolon just separates two clauses talking about the same thing.
Last edited by engee30; 03-Jun-2007 at 02:37.
Can you get some more coffee because there isn't much left? (only)
Can you get some more coffee because there is only little left?