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    #1

    a few

    Do you know all your son's friends?

    In response to this question, could one say:
    1-No. Actually I don't know quite a few of them.
    instead of:
    a-No. Actually there are quite a few of them I don't know.

    or:
    2-No. Actually I don't know quite a few.
    instead of:
    b-No. Actually there are quite a few I don't know.

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    #2

    Re: a few

    My choice would be the "there are quite a few I don't know" one.

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    Re: a few

    Thanks Barb_D,
    Would you consider the other ones wrong?

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    Re: a few

    No, none of them are wrong.

    (I don't think you need the "of them" part in this type of dialogue, but it's not wrong.)

    To me, starting with the "I don't know" put the emphasis on me, but "There are quite a few" puts the emphasis on the friends. It could be a distinction that others don't make.

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