Quantifiers "a few" and "a little" show
the quantity of things or people. These expressions
have the meaning of some or enough.
"a little" is
used with uncountable
nouns. (time, money, sugar, rice ...)
and "a few" is used
nouns. (books, cats, doors ...)
I have a little money.
Sleep a few minutes.
We've had a few problems.
I gave the baby a little milk.
Janet asked a few strange questions at the meeting.
Sally is trying to lose a little weight.
We are going to meet a few friends after work.
The tourist need a little information.
I have a few friends at school.
I need a little time to finish it.
With a little training Sam can learn to do it.
You can repair your bicycle with a few simple tools.
We have a few problems with the new laptop.
There is a difference
between a little
/ a few or little / few.
Few and little has the
meaning of hardly
any or not
enough. Because of them, they usually have a limiting, negative
little / few is very
formal. We usually don't use them in everyday English. Instead, we use
a negative sentence with much
/ many is common.
milk. We cant make cake. (negative meaning)
people. The meeting will be canceled.(negative meaning)
is lonely man with few
couldn't translate it because she knew little
cannot understand it. The program has little
information about how to use.
rain this year. I think we won't have a good harvest.
likes Ann. She has few
must hurry. We have little
are very lucky. You have few
time these days. He has to finish the project on time.
book is very boring. There is too little
fun in it.
school has so