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    Vocabulary: little quantities

    We have already studied the determiners expressing a quantity (quantifiers) in a general test:



    Yet, experience has shown that it was better to study them little by little in order to limit the

    difficulties, which are real, in order to learn these notions better.

    Here is the second section of that study!






             So little time...                                                                       Little money...

     Not much/ little + verb 

     not very + adjective/ adverb 
     Little/ not much + uncountable 
     Few/ not many + countable  
     A little/ a bit
     A little bit 
     A little / a bit of + uncountable                                                                               
     A few+ countable in the plural
     Quite a few 



                   A few? // few?                                                             A few moments...


    - I don't go out much.

    - He drank very little.

    - He's not very sociable.

    - I don't want much fish, please! 

    - He's got few friends/ he hasn't got many friends.

    - He's a little bit tired.

    - You're driving a little fast/ a bit fast.

    - I'll take a little sugar, please. 

    - a little patience/ a bit of patience.

    - some students/ some of the students.



    a little + uncountable noun  // a few + countable noun

    These little quantities are sufficient. 

    - I'll have a little milk with my tea, please. 

    - A few friends were waiting for him at the airport.


                A little tired                                                                  A little salt



    (too little): little + uncountable noun // few + countable noun 

    These little quantities are insufficient. 

    - He has little money and can't survive. 

    - Few inhabitants wanted to stay in this area. 



               little food to eat...                                                        a little time...


    Therefore, it's necessary to think a little about the nature ot the word following the determiner. 

    Will it express a sufficient quantity or not? Will it be a countable noun, or not?  

    Those are the necessary questions to ask oneself!  Go for it!  


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    1. 'Could I have ketchup with my chips, please?'

    2. 'Yes, I can lend you books to read during your holiday if you promise you’ll give them back to me in a month.'

    3. 'When I say ' cherries’, I mean nine or ten, not more!

    4. 'No, thank you… I dessert. I’m no longer hungry.'

    5. 'Sorry, I only have water left. You’ll have to wait till our next stop to drink!'

    6. 'She’s quite solitary, and only has friends to visit her and speak to her.'

    7. 'If you give me money, I think I’ll have enough to pay for my return ticket.'

    8. 'I’m feeling tired and would prefer not to go out tonight.'

    9. He had books and no Internet connexion to find information for his report.

    10. He slept last night and will certainly want a nap after lunch.




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