Unit 6.1

A few vs A little e Few vs Little


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Introduction

A few/a little and few/little sono dei quantificatori che possono significare pochi, alcuni, un po’.

Form

L’uso di questi quantificatori dipende dal nome:

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 few e a little sognificano “alcuni”, “abbastanza”. Fanno capire che qualcosa è ancora presente.

Few e Little significano “non abbastanza”, “meno o di meno dell’aspettativa”. Fanno capire che non vi è molto di un qualcosa, vi è la carenza di qualcosa.

Summary

Few/A few e Little/A little significano alcuni.

  • Countable nouns plurali: a few (positivo) e few (negativo).
  • Uncountable nouns singolari: a little (positivo) e little (negativo).

Per esempio:

— “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 islittle milk in the fridge, we need to go to the supermarket.”

Quando sono preceduti da a, il significato è positivo e suggerisce che c’è ancora qualcosa; senza l’articolo significa che non c’è più.

Rivediamo questo contenuto nella sezione {Form}. Dai un’occhiata alla sezione {Example} che mostra il suo uso in un contesto.

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