The English language has a range of words that often confuse a new English language learner. Sometimes it may also be challenging for intermediate-level students. Because they may face such situation, I have published this lesson to help them understand the words that often confuse i.e, ‘Few’, ‘A Few’ and ‘The Few.’
|Use in Grammar|
|Few is used for countable nouns. The meaning of few is negative ( next to nothing).|
Use of ‘Few’
‘Few’ means “Hardly any.”
Few people have homes in the village.
Few people are free from any disease.
Few children can avoid wandering off when their guardians are not available at home.
Few people survive the disaster.
Use of ‘A Few’
‘A Few’ means ‘not many.’
A few students can solve this question.
They asked me a few questions in the interview.
He won the competition only a few weeks ago.
A few countries have atom bomb.
Use of ‘The Few’
‘The Few’ means “not many but all there are.”
The few chairs I had, were shifted there.
The few clothes she had, all burnt in fire.
The few books he had, were stolen yesterday.
The few stocks we had, were distributed to poor.
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