“a little” and “a few” are determiners. We write them before a noun.
More specifically, they are quantifiers. They both describe a small quantity or amount of something.
“a few” describes a small quantity of a countable noun.
“a little” describes a small quantity of an uncountable noun.
Let’s look at each one in more detail.
“a few” + countable noun in the plural form
to describe a small quantity of a countable noun.
There are a few peas.
There are a few raspberries.
There are a few peaches.
“a little” + uncountable noun
(Uncountable nouns are always in the singular form.)
to describe a small quantity of an uncountable noun.
There is a little pasta.
There is a little soup.
There is a little sugar.
What are countable and uncountable nouns?
See my lesson on countable and uncountable nouns for more information.
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