Dear Sir/Madam, I'd like to know what the difference is between the words few and a few?thank you.
Yes, they mean a similar thing but are used in different contexts. Also, 'few' is more suggestive of limitation, whilst 'a few' can be used very vaguely and doesn't always strictly mean 'few' in the sense of lacking in quantity. Notice the subtle differences in the following two examples:
There are few options available to us. (this implies their choices are very limited)
There are a few options available to us. (this implies they simply have a choice between options)
Hope that helps expand a little on bhaisahab's previous post.
I used to be taught that few and little are words of negative connotations, while a few and a little are their opposites.