Tuesday, July 8, 2008

How to use ‘a little’ and ‘a few’

A little which means a small amount of something is used in front of uncountable such as water, oil and petrol or abstract nouns such as time and patience.
The following sentences will make this explanation clear to readers:
1 There is a little water left in the bottle.
2 A little patience is needed to do this job.

On the other hand, a few which means a small number of is used in front of countable nouns such boys, books and coins.

Sentences below illustrate the above point:
1 I have a few stamps such as these in my collection.
2 A few boys will be here in a moment to help me with the work.

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