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A few,  a little, few, little

Little

Little is used to speak of something which cannot be counted in numbers.We cannot count money by numbers.,sugar cannot be counted but the number of jars can be counted.
  • I have little money in my pocket.
  • Check out if a little sugar is left in the few jars over there.
  • I have little time left for my meeting.
  • The station is just a little distance from here.
  • I will give you a little tip at the end for your trouble.
  • It’s very little trouble.
  • I am a little worried.
  • I am in a little hurry right now.
  • It has a little chance of working.
  • It will take just a little time.

Few

Few is used when we speak of something which can be counted in numbers.Here the number of friends can be counted.
  • I have few friends who live in London.
  • Very few people would take a taxi.
  • I will get you there in a few minutes.
  • Just a few hours back.
  • Few people worry about headaches.
  • There were a few surprises.
  • The medicine will take a few days to work in your case.
  • Let’s get a few tests done first.

Few or Little?

What is the difference between few and a few,a little and little? A simple answer is the object noun countable, because we use few for countable nouns and little for uncountable nouns.
  • I read a few pages. (page is countable)
  • I drank a little water. (water is uncountable)
  • We have a few lemons. (countable noun)
  • Would you like a little lemon juice? (uncountable noun)
Another thing to consider when using little and a little is whether the sentence is positive or negative.
  • I have a little money. ​(positive)

We use a little because I don't have zero money I have some money so we say 'I have a little money'.

  • I have little money. (negative)
In the negative we use little because I wish I had more money, I do not have a lot of money.
 
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