14 Few, A few, A little, Little Example Sentences and Definitions
|Little expresses a diminutive size or a negative quantity.
Little means “almost nothing” or “not much”.
•I’m sorry, I speak little French.
•There was little time to finish my homework.
•The kitten is little.
•I have drunk little water this morning.
|A little is used with positive quantity and non-countable nouns.
It means “a small amount” or “some”.
•There is a little milk in the refrigerator
•Would you like a little water?
•Mary got a little bit of pie.
•Can’t you discount it a little?
|Few represents a negative quantity or shortage. It is used with plural countable nouns. It means not many, not enough.
Few + Plural Countable Nouns
•I have got few friends in the city so I am lonely.
•They have got few cake on the table.
•He has few photos on Instagram.
|A few represents a positive quantity. It is used with plural nouns. It means some, a small amount.
A few + Plural Countable Nouns
•He has a few good friends so he is happy.
•There are a few books on the shelf.
•We stayed a few days in Paris and visited the Eiffel Tower.