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- Where we use few a few the few?
- Is a few singular or plural?
- Does a few mean 3?
- How many is a few?
Where we use few a few the few?
Few is a quantifier used with plural countable nouns. Without the article “a,” few emphasizes a small number of something. Adding the article removes the emphasis—a few means some. The same rule applies to little, which is used with singular uncountable nouns.
Is a few singular or plural?
“A few/Few” are used with plural countable nouns. “A few” means not many, but enough.
Does a few mean 3?
1. I have used a couple to mean two or three, several to mean 3+ and few to mean -3 or any number that emphasizes something smaller than expected. “There were only a few people” can easily mean twenty when a hundred were expected.
How many is a few?
Some, Few, Several, and Many Actually, no. While many people would agree that “a few” means three or more, the actual dictionary definition of “a few” is, “not many but more than one.” So, “a few” cannot be one, but it can be as low as two.