Wednesday, 21 April 2021

A Little Vs Little and a Few Difference

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A Little Vs Little and a Few Vs Few Explanation / Usage
A Little Vs Little and a Few Vs Few Explanation / Usage

A Little Vs Little and a Few Vs Few Explanation / Usage 

We can use ‘a/an’ with several quantifiers like:

a little

a few

a lot (of)

We also can use ‘no article’ with several quantifiers like:

little

few

lots (of)

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In many ways, we can choose to use ‘a little’ or ‘little’ (while using an uncountable noun) or ‘a few’ or ‘few’ (while using a plural countable noun). 

They have slightly different meanings. (‘A lot’ and ‘lots’ aren’t like this. ‘A lot’ means the same as ‘lots’).

For Example

When we say ‘a little’ or ‘a few’ we mean a small amount.

Henry: Let’s go to the movie tonight.

Victoria: Okay. I have a little money, enough for the movie at least.

Note:

On the other hand, ‘little’ or ‘few’ usually give us a different impression. These also mean a small amount, but this time the amount is almost nothing. If the noun is something that we want (like money or friends) then using ‘little’ or ‘few’ means that we don’t have enough.

For Example:

Henry: Let’s go to the movie tonight.

Victoria: Sorry, I have little money. I really can’t afford to go to the movie.

Of course, if we can use ‘few’ or ‘little’ with a noun that means we don’t want, then the sentence will give a positive meaning. 

For Example:

Luckily, there is little work in my office.

I’m so pleased that I have few arguments with my family.

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