"Little" Vs "Few"

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"Little" Vs "Few"

Postby carolgreen876 » Wed Oct 10, 2012 12:58 am

The Words "little" and "few" mean the same .
What exactly is the difference between the two?
Till date I was of the view that "little" is used to denote uncountable quantity and "few" is used to measure "countable" quantity.
Any other differences between the two.
Please clarify.
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Re: "Little" Vs "Few"

Postby LCNadmin » Tue Mar 25, 2014 2:16 pm

If a noun is in singular, we use a little
a little money
If a noun is in plural, we use a few
a few friends

Countable nouns have a singular and a plural form. In plural, these nouns can be used with a number (that's why they are called 'countable nouns'). Countable nouns take a few.

4 friends – a few friends
Uncountable nouns can only be used in singular. These nouns cannot be used with a number (that's why they are called 'uncountable nouns'). Uncountable nouns take a little.

3 money – a little money

a little = some
little = hardly any

I need a little money. - I need some money.
I need little money. - I need hardly any money.
a few = some
few = hardly any

A few friends visited me. - Some friends visited me.
Few friends visited me. - Hardly any friends visited me.
Without the article, little / few sound rather formal. That's why we don't use them very often in everyday English. A negative sentence with much / many is more common here.

I need little money. = I do not need much money.
Few friends visited me. = Not many friends visited me.
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Re: "Little" Vs "Few"

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Re: "Little" Vs "Few"

Postby Budolirin » Sat May 23, 2015 3:26 am

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Re: "Little" Vs "Few"

Postby shineyroberts » Wed Jul 22, 2015 12:47 pm

Hello, Little and few have negative meanings. We use them to mean ‘not as much as may be expected or wished for’.

"Little" word is used with singular uncountable noun like : water, milk or other similar things.

"Few" word is used with plural countable noun like: people, glasses, etc.
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