adjective order, few and little

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Hello,

I have 2 questions:

1. what is the adjective order rule?
2. what's the difference between 'few' and little'?

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Sylvie
 

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1. For graded adjectives such as little or big the order is usually

opinion - size -quality - age - shape

So an example might be
A wonderful, big, shiny, old, rectangular table.

For ungraded adjectives the usual order is

age - shape - nationality - material

Example
An old, oval, French, wooden table

There is a little flexibility however.

2. Few is used with countable nouns while little is used with uncountables. You should also be careful to understand the difference between 'few' and 'a few' and also between 'little' and 'a little'

I have few good friends. - This is a negative statement it means I don't think I have enough good friends.

I have a few good friends. - This is positive I am pleased to have such friends.

The same is true for 'little' and 'a little'

I have little money. - I don't have enough.

I have a little money. - I may not be rich but I have enough money for my needs. :)
 
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