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1. not many clothes (binoculars, pants, shorts, scissors...)

2. not much clothes (binoculars, pants, shorts, scissors...)

3. a few clothes (binoculars, pants, shorts, scissors...)

4. a little clothes (binoculars, pants, shorts, scissors...)

5. several clothes (binoculars, pants, shorts, scissors...)

Which of the above expressions is not acceptable?
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Only 1, 3 and 5 are acceptable. The rest are incorrect.

4 would be OK without the indefinite article. For example, "I have but little clothes to wear."
I have but little clothes to wear.

What does little mean in this example?
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TeoI have but little clothes to wear.

What does little mean in this example?

Few or "not many"
How come I never heard people saying "I have but little clothes to wear."? It must be a very rarely used expression.
AnonymousHow come I never heard people saying "I have but little clothes to wear."? It must be a very rarely used expression.
It's not a common usage these days, no. But I didn't say it was. I just think it's quaint.
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You can say not many binoculars, pants, shorts, scissors.
You can not say not much binoculars, pants, shorts, scissors.

You can say a few binoculars, pants, shorts, scissors.
You can not say a little clothes, pants, shorts, or a little binoculars or scissors.

You can say few clothes, pants, shorts, or a few binoculars, scissors.
You can say little clothes, pants, shorts, or little binoculars, scissors but only if you mean they are small.

You can say several clothes, pants, shorts, binoculars, scissors.
1. not many clothes (binoculars, pants, shorts, scissors...)
2. not much clothes (binoculars, pants, shorts, scissors...)
3. a few clothes (binoculars, pants, shorts, scissors...)
4. a little clothes (binoculars, pants, shorts, scissors...)
5. few clothes (binoculars, pants, shorts, scissors...)
6. little clothes (binoculars, pants, shorts, scissors...)
7. several clothes (binoculars, pants, shorts, scissors...)
Which of the above expressions is not acceptable?
Re. 'clothes': 2,4,6
Re. other nouns: all (these words can be counted only as 'pairs of...')
a little clothes
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