[Grammar] A Few VS Few

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Before we begin today’s grammar, let’s first review the quiz in last Thursday’s [Grammar].

The number of people who ___have___ cars ___is___ growing. ⇒ “who” leads a attributive clause with “people” as its subject. “The number of people” is the subject of the main clause. It is a singular subject, so it is followed by a singular verb “is”.


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We use the word “few” when we want to describe the quantity of something. But wait, what the hell with “a few”? Are they the same in meaning?

In today’s  [Grammar] we are going to explain the difference between “a few” and “few”. Let’s go!

Let’s get started!

1. A Few

A few = some. It is used with plural countable nouns.

We stayed a few days in America due to the flight delay. ⇒ We stayed in America for some days but not for too long.

I have a few American friends. I knew them when I was an exchange student. ⇒ I have some American friends but not many.  

However, “quite a few” means a lot.

I have read quite a few books about Shakespeare. ⇒ I have read a lot of books about Shakespeare.

2. Few

“Few” emphasizes a small number of something but not as many as may be wished for. So “few” has a negative meaning.

Few people in the village leave their home for cities. ⇒ The number of people leave their home is very small and near to none.

There are few apples in our refrigerator. ⇒ There are almost no apples in the refrigerator, so we need to buy some.


See, it is not that difficult to distinguish “a few” from “few”. Therefore, we prepare a quiz for you👇it is time to show yourself!

PRACTICE

Results

#1. _____ students understood the question, so the teacher explained it again.

#2. I recognized _____ people in the party because I met them before.

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That’s all for today’s [Grammar]!!!

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