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Few-a few-the few
Few => not many, hardly any
"Few" has a negative meaning.
Example : Few people are free from faults.
A few => some
"A few" has a positive meaning and is opposed to 'none'.
Example : A few Parsees write Gujarati correctly.
The few => not many, but all there are.
Example : The few remarks that he made were very suggestive.
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