Unit 6.1

A few vs A little y Few vs Little


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Introduction

A few/a little y few/little son cuantificadores que significan not enoughsome/enough.

Form

El uso de estos cuantificadores depende del sustantivo:

Poitive Attitude Negative Attitude
Plural Countable a few few
Singular Uncountable a little little

Example

  • We have a few beautiful beaches for swimming.
    Few beaches are suitable for swimming.
  • We can bake a cake! We have a little flour.
    We can’t bake a cake! We have (very) little flour.

Use

A fewa little significan some, enough. Muestran que algo es más que lo previsto o que todavía permanece.

Few y little significan not enough, less o fewer que lo previsto. Muestran que no hay mucho de algo, que hay una falta de algo.

Summary

 A few/few y a little/little, todos significan some.

  • Sustantivos plurales contables: a few (positivo) y few (negativo).
  • Sustantivos plurales incontables: a little (positivo) y little (negativo).

Por ejemplo:
— «I have a few pencils in my bag, I do not need to buy new ones.» / «I have few pencils in my bag, I have to buy new ones
— «There is a little milk in the fridge, we can make a cake.» / «There is little milk in the fridge, we need to go to the supermarket

Cuando son precedidos por a, el significado es positivo y sugiere que algo todavía permanece; sin el artículo, sugiere que no hay mucho de algo.

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