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  1. mary00
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    Question please answer me quicly

    please i want to know the difference berween "few" and "little"

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    Re: please answer me quicly

    Few = a small number of individual entities, e.g. only a few people came to the party.

    Little = a small size or extension in an individual entity, e.g. she was a little girl.


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    Few is for countable nouns or objects.
    Little is for noncountable nouns.

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    Few and little are normally negative in their meaning.

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    "I have a few little things to do today." is a tricky sentence, isn't it?

    few = small in quantity
    little = small in length, duration, extension

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    Re: please answer me quicly

    Quote Originally Posted by engee30 View Post
    Few and little are normally negative in their meaning.
    I wouldn't go that far. "The few" are often the elite, the privileged, the haves, whereas "the many" are the masses, the underclass, etc. And they can be applied to desirable or undesirable nouns, thus taking on the inverse quality in each case. Few difficulties, little problems, few obstacles, little challenges...

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    Quote Originally Posted by nonsense View Post
    Few is for countable nouns or objects.
    Little is for noncountable nouns.
    That's right!

    "There are (a) few apples on the table." (you can say 1, 2, 3 apples, i.e. countable) The opposite of "few" is "many": "There are many apples on the table."
    "There is (a) little sugar on the plate." (you can't say 1, 2, or 3 sugars, i.e. uncountable) The opposite of "little" is "much": "There is much sugar on the plate."

    Hope this helps.
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