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few

determiner, pronoun uk   /fjuː/ us  

few determiner, pronoun (SOME)

a few A2 some, or a small number of something: I need to get a few things in town. There are a few cakes left over from the party. We've been having a few problems with the new computer. If you can't fit all the cases in your car, I can take a few in mine. "How many potatoes do you want?" "Oh, just a few, please." Note: A few is used with countable nouns. Compare small.Small in number and quantity A2 used in expressions such as "quite a few" or "a good few" to mean "quite a large number": I know quite a few people who have had the same problem. Lots of people at the club are under 20, but there are a good few who aren't.Masses and large amounts of things

few

determiner, pronoun, noun, adjective uk   /fjuː/ us  

few determiner, pronoun, noun, adjective (NOT MANY)

B1 a small number or not many: It was embarrassing how few people attended the party. He is among the few people I can trust. Very few people can afford to pay those prices. We leave for France in a few days. Few of the children can read or write yet. Few things in this world give me more pleasure than a long bath. Fewer people smoke these days than used to. We get few complaints. According to the survey, as few as ten percent of us are happy with our jobs. The benefits of the planned changes are few. Note: Few is used with countable nouns.Scarce, inadequate and not enoughLacking things few and far between C2 not happening or existing very often: Flats which are both comfortable and reasonably priced are few and far between.Rarely and infrequentlyScarce, inadequate and not enoughLacking things
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