The Difference between a few/few and a little/little

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Hi,

 

I have two questions.

 

1. What is the difference between a few/ few and a little/little? Can you provide me with an 

    example?

2. Is this sentence grammatically correct, "Over the years, Mother Theresa has won many people's heart."

 

Looking forward for your reply. Thanks.

edited Feb 01 '11 at 07:22 Tharani New member

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Tharani, 

 

First: 

 

FEW vs. LITTLE

 

Few is used with countable nouns (nouns which can be counted), such as coin(s), sweet(s), and animal(s).

 

Little is used with uncountable nouns (nouns that cannot be counted), such as milk, time, and money.

 

Second:

 

FEW vs. A FEW

 

Few emphasises the lack of something.

 

There are few sweets left in the jar.

(We should be careful not to eat them too quickly because they are almost gone.)

 

A few emphasises that something still remains.

 

We have a few minutes left in class.  Do you have any questions? 

(We still have time so we should use it.)

 

LITTLE vs. A LITTLE

 

Little emphasises the lack of something.

 

We have little money right now.  We should got out for dinner another time.

(We should be careful and use the money wisely because there is not much).

 

A little emphasises that something still remains.

 

There's a little ice cream left; who will eat it?

(There's not enough ice cream to save it or put it back in the freezer so it should be eaten.)

 

Third:

 

"Over the years, Mother Theresa has won many people's heart."

 

This sentence is not grammatically correct.  Your possessive number (people - more than one person) doesn't match the number of the possession (heart - only one heart).  Because there are many hearts in a group of people, you should say 'hearts.'  

 

Your punctuation is correct.

 

I hope this helps.

 

Kim

link edited Feb 01 '11 at 19:30 Kimberly Expert

Thanks Kim. TharaniFeb 02 '11 at 03:11

thank you

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FIRST,

 

 

A few means that not too large but not too small.

e.g., I have a few apples. - This means that 2 or 3 apples are enough for me.

 

Few means insignificantly small number.

e.g., I have few apples. - This means that 2 or 3 apples that I have are not stilll enough, I need more.

 

SECOND,

 

 

"a little" means some while "little" means almost no
so do "a few" and "few"(use for countable nouns)
For examples:
I have little sugar(=I have no sugar)

 

I have a little sugar(=I have some sugar)sises that something still remains.

There's a little ice cream left; who will eat it?
(There's not enough ice cream to save it or put it back in the freezer so it should be eaten.)

 

 

Third,

 

The adjoining sentence is gramatically correct.

link comment answered Dec 05 '12 at 14:19 Kanishk Kalra New member
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which is correct :Unfoor a few miners were lost in the accident ?rtuantly few miners were lost in the accident ?

link comment answered Apr 11 '13 at 20:37 saja New member

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