‘Few/a few’ and ‘little/a little’

We use few and a few with countable nouns and we use little and a little with uncountable nouns.
  • A few friends are coming round for dinner tonight.
  • We’ve got a little time before our train leaves. Shall we go to a museum?
A few and a little both mean ‘some’. They have a positive meaning.
  • I’ve got very few friends here. I feel really lonely.
  • We’ve got very little time – hurry up or we’ll miss the train.
Few and little both mean ‘almost none’. They have a negative meaning.

Few and little infographic
Few and little infographic