Using Few / Little in English
We use a
and a to mean "not very
much" or "not very many". Whether you use a
depends on what type of
noun you are describing.
For example, "A few people came to the party." We use
"There's a little coffee left, if you would like some." We use
with uncountable nouns.
We can also use and
(without "a") for a more
negative meaning. For example, "there's little point in calling" (=
there's not much point calling).
with plural, countable
"Few people understand" (not many people understand),
compared to "a few people understand" (some people understand).
In spoken English, we can also say , or to
mean "few" and "only a little" or "not much" to mean "little".
When we make comparisons, we use
for plural nouns and for
For example, "There are fewer people here than last year" or "he drinks
less coffee than I do".
Using Lots of