a few

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English[edit]

Determiner[edit]

a few

  1. A small number of. Not zero but more than one.

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Pronoun[edit]

a few

  1. A small number of things
    Regrets, I've had a few, but then again too few to mention.

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Usage notes[edit]

A few and few without a differ in emphasis. Few emphasizes that the number is not as large as expected, while a few emphasizes the fact that the number, while small, is not zero but more than one.

Compare:

I was expecting lots of people at the party, but few turned up.
I wasn't expecting any young people at the party, but a few turned up.

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