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TeoFew means not many. A few means some. What does a very few mean?few means not many, not sufficient. a few means some, several, relatively small number. a very few means small number but more that two, selected group, quite a few means large number not a few means even less, almost none, a number so small that you can compare it with two just a few means only some very few means virtually none, almost none so few means surprisingly low number, very low number too few means not many, not enough a small few means very small group (little few is used, though it is not very correct) large few used in night of the large few stars grand few(days/minutes) means several important few to none means almost zero, one or two or another small number
Anonymous:It is very good and informative.
Would be very helpful if you could give some sentences as examples to help people like us.
Thanking you in advance.
Anonymous:It is wrong to use "a very few" .Because
"a few" convey positive meaning
e.g:-There is a few days for my exam.So I can prepare well. (Note:-Use of "a few" is positive i.e how more)
"few " convey negative meaning
e.g:-There is few days left for my exam.So I wont be able to prepare well. (Note:- Use of "few" is negative i.e how less)
So ,There is no phrase like "a very few"
You can only use "very few" ,to convey very less
e.g:- There is very few days left for my exam
AnonymousIt is wrong to use "a very few" .BecausePlease disrgard this posting, even though it is 4 years after the original.
It is not correct.
A few does not have a "positive" meaning by itself. It depends on the context:
He had few wrong answers. (Good)
There were few supplies left. (Unfortunate)
There are few days left to study for my exam.
"A very few" is grammatically correct, as illustrated above by many famous authors.
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