How to use A few, Few, A little, Little in English and example sentences
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.
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 fewfriends in the city so I am lonely.
- They have got fewcake on the table.
- He has fewphotos on Instagram.
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?
Little expresses a diminutive size or a negative quantity.
Little means “almost nothing” or “not much”.
- I’m sorry, I speak littleFrench.
- There was littletime to finish my homework.
- The kitten is little.
- I have drunk littlewater this morning.