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few vs. a few

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Jul 13


few vs a few

“I have few challenges with completing this project”.

Or

Maybe it should be, “I have a few challenges with completing this project”.

Confused when to use ‘few’ or ‘a few’? Well, let’s put a stop to it.

When you say ‘few’, you mean not enough. Look at the sentences below:

  1. Although she has lived here for five years, she has few friends.
  2. We have few hours left to complete the task.
  3. There are few issues left that need to be sorted.

In all these sentences the meaning of ‘few’ is not enough. ‘Few’ is used in a negative connotation.

 

When you say ‘a few’, you mean enough. Look at the sentences below:

  1. She has lived here for five years, and she has a few friends.
  2. We have a few hours left to complete the project.
  3. There are a few hours left to take the flight.

In all these sentences the meaning of ‘a few’ means enough. ‘A few’ is used in a positive connotation.

The next time you want to say ‘few’ or ‘a few’, you can say what you mean.

Posted by : Sharmila Gautama



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