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Confusing Words > little and few, a little and a few
Does "bored" mean the same as "boring"? What's the difference between "funny" and "fun"? Here are some commonly confused English word pairs.

LITTLE AND FEW, A LITTLE AND A FEW
Little (=> not much or not enough) is used with uncountable nouns:

Examples:

They have very little money.
There seems little hope.
He ate very little at lunch.

Few (=> a small number, not many or not enough) is used with countable nouns:

Examples:

Only few people can afford to pay such prices.
I know few places that I could recommend to you.


Note: little and few have somewhat negative meanings:

Example:

I know few places that I could recommend to you = I would like to be able to recommend more places, but unfortunately there aren't more.



When we use the indefinite article a before little and few, it has a more positive meaning, similar to some.

a few is used with countable nouns

Examples:

We need to get a few things in town.
We've got a few cakes left over from the party. = We've got some cakes left over from the party.

a little - is used with uncountable nouns

Example:

With a little training Mike could do very well.








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