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    Learn English > English lessons and exercises > English test #4665: Little, a little, few and a few.
    > Other English exercises on the same topic: Quantities [Change theme]
    > Similar tests: - Placement test 1 - Countable or Uncountable? - Some / Any / Much / Many - Some and any - Adverbs of degree - Quantifiers: some, any, no - Countables and uncountables - Few/Little/Less
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    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.


    Put in little/ a little/ few/a few:


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    1. We must be quick. We have time

    2. Listen carefully. I'm going to give you advice

    3. Do you mind if I ask you questions?

    4. This town is not a very interesting place to visit, so tourists come here.

    5. I don't think Jill would be a good teacher. She's got patience.

    6. ' Would you like milk in your coffee?' Yes please. .

    7. This is a very boring place to live. There's to do.

    8. 'Have you ever been to Paris?'' Yes, I've been there times.

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