Using A little – Little – A few – Few and Example Sentences

Using A little – Little – A few – Few and Example Sentences

Using A little - Little - A few - Few and Example Sentences


Using A little in English

A little is used with positive quantity and non-countable nouns. It means “a small amount” or “some”.

Examples;

  • 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?
  • I need a little sugar. I will have tea.

 

Using Little in English

Little expresses a diminutive size or a negative quantity. Little means “almost nothing” or “not much”.

Examples;

  • 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.

 

Using A few in English

A few represents a positive quantity.

It is used with plural nouns. It means some, a small amount.

A few + Plural Countable Nouns

Examples;

  • 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.

 


Using Few in English

Few represents a negative quantity or shortage. It is used with plural countable nouns. It means not many, not enough.

Few + Plural Countable Nouns

Examples;

  • 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.

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