Little, a little, few, a few – English Grammar
A little is used with positive quantity and non-countable nouns. It means “a small amoun” 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?
A few represents a positive quantity. It is used with plural nouns. It means some, a small amoun.
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.
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.
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 kitteen is little.
- I have drunk little water this morning.