Meaning of FEW in English

FEW

pronoun

1

BAD : With the few money he had been given, he bought an apple and some cheese.

GOOD : With the little money he had been given, he bought an apple and some cheese.

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Few is used with plural countable nouns: 'very few cars'.

Little is used with uncountable nouns: 'very little traffic'.

Compare: 'He had very little money, just a few coins.'

2

BAD : Few minutes later the sales manager arrived.

GOOD : A few minutes later the sales manager arrived.

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a few = not many: 'I saw her just a few days ago.'

few = hardly any: 'Few people die of smallpox nowadays.'

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