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adj. -er, -est,
n., pron. adj.
few a few
When you use few without 'a', you are emphasizing that there are only a small number of people or things of a particular kind. So, for example, if you say 'I have a few friends', you are simply saying that you have some friends. However, if you say 'I have few friends', you are saying that you do not have enough friends and are lonely.
Few and a few can be used in a similar way as pronouns.
In conversation and in less formal writing, people don't usually use few without 'a'. Instead they use not many. For example, instead of saying 'I have few friends', people usually say 'I haven't got many friends' or 'I don't have many friends'.
Don't use 'few' or 'a few' when you are talking about a small amount of something. Don't say, for example, 'Would you like a few more milk in your tea?' You say 'Would you like a little more milk in your tea?'
|Noun||1.||few - a small elite group; "it was designed for the discriminating few"|
|Adj.||1.||few - a quantifier that can be used with count nouns and is often preceded by `a'; a small but indefinite number; "a few weeks ago"; "a few more wagons than usual"; "an invalid's pleasures are few and far between"; "few roses were still blooming"; "few women have led troops in battle"|
fewer - (comparative of `few' used with count nouns) quantifier meaning a smaller number of; "fewer birds came this year"; "the birds are fewer this year"; "fewer trains were late"
some - quantifier; used with either mass nouns or plural count nouns to indicate an unspecified number or quantity; "have some milk"; "some roses were still blooming"; "having some friends over"; "some apples"; "some paper"
many - a quantifier that can be used with count nouns and is often preceded by `as' or `too' or `so' or `that'; amounting to a large but indefinite number; "many temptations"; "the temptations are many"; "a good many"; "a great many"; "many directions"; "take as many apples as you like"; "too many clouds to see"; "never saw so many people"
not many many, divers (archaic), abundant, plentiful, sundry, manifold, inexhaustible, multifarious, bounteous
few[fjuː] ADJ & PRON (fewer (compar) (fewest (superl)))
few books → pocos libros
few of them → pocos (de ellos)
only a few → sólo unos pocos
only a few of them came → sólo vinieron unos pocos
there are very few of us; we are very few → somos muy pocos
few (people) managed to do it → muy pocos consiguieron hacerlo
the few who → los pocos que ...
she is one of the few (people) who → ella es una de los pocos que ...
such men are few → hay pocos hombres así
as few as three of them → nada más que tres
every few weeks → cada dos o tres semanas
with few exceptions → con pocas excepciones
they are few and far between → son contados
the lucky few → unos pocos or unos cuantos afortunados
in or over the next few days → en or durante los próximos días, en estos días (LAm)
in or over the past few days → en or durante los últimos días
the last or remaining few minutes → el poco tiempo que queda/quedaba
too few → demasiado pocos
there were three too few → faltaban tres
a good few quite a few → bastantes
a good few or quite a few (people) came → vinieron bastantes, vino bastante gente
he'd had a few (drinks) → llevaba ya una copa de más
a few more → algunos más
(in) a few more days → dentro de unos pocos días
a few of them → algunos de ellos
quite a few
see a good few
few books → peu de livres
as few as → tout au plus
as few as two or three → deux ou trois tout au plus
few in number
They were few in number → Ils étaient peu (nombreux)., Il y en avait peu.
to be few and far between → être rare
They are few and far between → Ils sont rares.
very few (+ noun) → très peu de
very few people → très peu de gens
only a few (+ noun) → seulement quelques
only a few hours → seulement quelques heures
a few hours → quelques heures
in the next few days → dans les jours qui viennent
in the past few days → ces derniers jours
every few days → tous les deux ou trois jours
every few months → tous les deux ou trois mois
a few more ... → encore quelques ..., quelques ... de plus
We waited a few more days → Nous avons attendu encore quelques jours., Nous avons attendu quelques jours de plus.
There were a few more of us at the second meeting → Nous étions quelques uns de plus à la deuxième réunion.
quite a few ..., a good few ... → pas mal de ...
quite a few people → pas mal de monde
not a few ... → bien des ...
every few → tous les deux ou trois
every few minutes → toutes les deux ou trois minutes
Few succeed → Il y en a peu qui réussissent., (Bien) peu réussissent.
very few → très peu
Very few survive → Très peu survivent.
only a few → quelques-uns seulement(quelques-unes)
"How many?" - "Only a few." → "Combien?" - "Quelques-uns seulement."
A strict diet is appropriate for only a few → Un régime strict est recommandé à quelques-uns seulement.
"How many apples do you want?" - "A few." → "Tu veux combien de pommes?" - "Quelques-unes."
I know a few → J'en connais quelques-uns.
a few of → quelques-uns des(quelques-unes)
a few of the teachers → quelques-uns des professeurs
a few of us → quelques-uns d'entre nous(quelques-unes)
a few of them → quelques-uns d'entre eux(quelques-unes)
a few more ... → quelques ... de plus
I'd like a few more → J'en voudrais quelques-uns de plus.(quelques-unes)
quite a few, a good few → un bon nombre
"How many?" - "Quite a few." → "Combien?" - "Un bon nombre."
not a few (= people) → pas mal de gens
he's had a few, he's had a few too many (= a lot to drink) → il a pas mal bu
few[fjuː] adj (-er (comp) (-est (superl))) pron
few books → pochi libri
few of them → pochi di loro
few (people) managed to do it → pochi riuscirono a farlo
few succeed → pochi ci riescono
she is one of the few (people) who ... → è una delle poche persone che...
the few who ... → i pochi che...
in or over the past few days → in questi ultimi giorni, negli ultimi giorni
in or over the next few days → nei prossimi giorni
every few days/months → ogni due o tre giorni/mesi
with few exceptions → con or salvo poche eccezioni
every few weeks → a intervalli di qualche settimana
they are few and far between → sono rari
there are very few of us or we are very few → siamo pochi
the last or remaining few minutes → i pochi minuti che rimangono
as few as three of them → solo tre di loro
too few → troppo pochi
there were three too few → ne mancavano tre
a few books → alcuni libri, qualche libro
I know a few → ne conosco alcuni
a few of them → alcuni di loro
a few more days → qualche altro giorno
in a few more days → fra qualche giorno
a good few or quite a few → parecchi
a good few or quite a few books → parecchi libri, un bel po' di libri
a good few or quite a few (people) came → parecchie persone sono venute
few(fjuː) adjective, pronoun
a few means `some'.
see also less.