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Learn English > English lessons and exercises > English test #4665: Little, a little, few and a few.
Little, a little, few and a few.
A little and a few are more positive. A little = some, a small amount:
• Let's go and have a drink. We've got a little time before the train leaves.
(a little time = some time, enough time to have a drink)
• 'Do you speak English? 'A little.' (so we can talk a bit)
A few = some, a small number:
• I enjoy my life here. I have a few friends and we meet quite often,
(a few friends = not many but enough to have a good time)
• 'When did you last see Clare? 'A few days ago.' (= some days ago)
• He spoke little English, so it was difficult to communicate with him.
He spoke a little English, so we were able to communicate with him.
• She's lucky. She has few problems. (= not many problems)
Things are not going so well for her. She has a few problems. (= some problems)
Note that 'only a little' and ' only a few' have a negative meaning:
We must be quick. We’ve only got a little time.
The village was very small. There were only a few houses.
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