Just a drop, please: talking about quantities and numbers (2)

About Words - Cambridge Dictionaries Online blog

by Liz Walter​

teacupIn my last post, I looked at some common ways of talking about large numbers and amounts. In this one, I cover the opposite: small numbers and amounts.

We use a few before countable nouns and a little (which sounds slightly formal to British English speakers) before uncountable nouns:

We played a few games of tennis.

He earned a little money by painting.

We often use a few and a little before more:

We need a little more time.

There is an important difference between few or little and a few or a little:

Few people have heard of him.

There has been little improvement.

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