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Hi, I found this explanation on the BBC:

When we use few and little without the indefinite article, they usually have a negative meaning, but when we use them with the indefinite article, a little or a few, they have a more positive meaning. Compare the following:

  • I have few friends in England and I feel quite lonely.

  • I have a few friends in England, so I don't miss home so much.


  • I remember also another one from school: "a few" is less than "few". But neither of them won´t help me with sentence:

    "I was surprised when he said he believed that the earth was flat, because I thought few people believed that nowadays." (a few is not correct)

    Maybe only when it is supposed that the believing of the flat earth has negative meaning.?.

    Thank you

    Emily

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Emily_Hi, I found this explanation on the BBC:

When we use few and little without the indefinite article, they usually have a negative meaning, but when we use them with the indefinite article, a little or a few, they have a more positive meaning. Compare the following:
  • I have few friends in England and I feel quite lonely.
  • I have a few friends in England, so I don't miss home so much.

I remember also another one from school: "a few" is less than "few". But neither of them won´t help me with sentence:

"I was surprised when he said he believed that the earth was flat, because I thought few people believed that nowadays." (a few is not correct)

Maybe only when it is supposed that the believing of the flat earth has negative meaning.?.

Thank you

Emily

There is a mistake in your text. It should be: 'A few is more than few'. Few usually means the same as very few or hardly any:

I have (very) few friends in England and I feel quite lonely. (= I have hardly any friends...)

A few usually means the same as some:
I have a few/some friends to go out with, so I don't have to feel lonely.

Cheers
CB
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The following sentences illustrate the difference between the usage of 'few' and 'a few'.

'Few' means 'not many'.

The weather was fine, yet few friends turned up at my birthday party. I was disappointed.

'A few' means 'a small number'.

It was raining very heavily, yet a few friends turned up at my birthday party. I was not disappointed because I expected nobody to turn up.