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Learn English > English lessons and exercises > English test #19348: Little, a little, few, a few
Little, a little, few, a few
little (peu) a little (un peu)
few (peu) a few (quelques)
'little' and 'a little' are used with uncountable nouns (singular)
'few' and 'a few' are used with countable nouns (plural)
I have little money
I have few books (j'ai peu d'argent, peu de livres : pas assez)
Little and few carry negative ideas. Instead of little and few it is possible to use a negative construction with much (+ singular) or many (+ plural)
He doesn't have much money
He doesn't have many books (pas beaucoup de)
A little and a few have a more positive meaning
I have got a little money
I have got a few books (je n'en ai pas beaucoup, mais assez)
They are similar in meaning to some
He has got some money
He has got some books
'people' is plural
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