Little refers to non-countable nouns, and is used with the singular form to indicate that something exists only in a small amount or to a slight degree. Few refers to countable nouns, and is used with the plural form to indicate not many persons or things. For example:
- I’ve got little money left in my account.
- Ben has few friends in London.
Examples for few / little
- Few people stopped to listen to the preacher on the corner.
- There is little that you can do about the situation.
- I happen to like spiders but few others agree with me.
- I have little time to waste.
- Although the car is old, I have few problems with it.
- He’s so stubborn, there’s little use in talking to him.
- There are few cars on the road after midnight.
- There’s little chance of rain for the next few days
Few / little exercises
Decide whether you have to use few or little:
- There’s _______ point in calling.
- _______ people understood what he said.
- There is _______ use in trying to do this.
- There’s _______ space here as it is.
- There’s _______ I can do about this.
- Dan is a great student. He has _______ problems with history.
- There was _______ traffic on the road.
- I think Coventry will win the match but _______ people agree with me.
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