Неопределенные местоимения

(a) little / (a) few

a little water

a few flowers

(a)   little + uncountable noun

(a)   few + plural noun

(a)   little water, (a) little money, (a) little time

(a)   few flowers, (a) few people, (a) few cars

Little + неисчисляемое существительное

Few + существительное со множественном числе

A little = some but not much

I speak a little German.
Can you speak French? – A little.
She didn’t eat her breakfast, just drank a little coffee.

A few = some but not many

Last night I wrote a few emails.
I speak a few words of French.
Are there any good restaurants in town? – Yes, a few.

Little (without a) = nearly no or nearly nothing. We can also say very little.

There was little salt in the soup. It was bland.
I’m in a terrible hurry! I’ve got very little time before the meeting.

Few (without a) = nearly no. We can also say very few.

There were few cars in the car park. It was nearly empty.
He’s lonely. He’s got very few friends.

Little and A little

Сравнение a little и little

a little is a positive idea

little is a negative idea

He has a little money, so they’re not poor.

(he has some money)

He has little money, so they’re poor.

(he has nearly no money)

Few and A few

Сравнение a few и few

a few is a positive idea

few is a negative idea

She’s got a few friends, so he isn’t lonely.

(he’s got some friends)

He’s got few friends, so he is lonely.

(he’s got nearly no friends)

Упражнения

Beginner

Упражнение на Much и many; (a) few и (a) little — A1

Elementary 

Упражнения на неопределенные местоимения

Pre-intermediate 

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