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    a few-few

    Dear Sir/Madam, I'd like to know what the difference is between the words few and a few?thank you.


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    Re: a few-few

    Quote Originally Posted by MONTESANTOS View Post
    Dear Sir/Madam, I'd like to know what the difference is between the words few and a few?thank you.

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    Re: a few-few

    Quote Originally Posted by MONTESANTOS View Post
    Dear Sir/Madam, I'd like to know what the difference is between the words few and a few?thank you.
    Simply explained; Few means 'not very many' as in "We have few resources to cope with this.'
    A few means 'some', 'one or two', as in 'I'll just take a few, I'm not very hungry.'

    The difference may be subtle, but it's there.


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    Re: a few-few

    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.

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    I used to be taught that few and little are words of negative connotations, while a few and a little are their opposites.


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    Re: a few-few

    Quote Originally Posted by engee30 View Post
    I used to be taught that few and little are words of negative connotations, while a few and a little are their opposites.

    Yes, there is an element of that, it depends on context though.


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    Re: a few-few

    Quote Originally Posted by engee30 View Post
    I used to be taught that few and little are words of negative connotations, while a few and a little are their opposites.

    Yes, I would generally say that is a good way of looking at it.

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