Intermediate grammar exercise: determiners – few, a few, fewer, little, a little, less

English grammar practice exercise, for pre-intermediate and intermediate level.

In this exercise you will practise using the determiners few, a few, and fewer, little, a little and less.

Instructions: Choose the correct answer to fill the gap in each of the following sentences.

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Few, a few
A few is more than few.
We use a few and few + a plural countable noun. few people, few books, few letters
a few people, a few books, a few letters
A few is a positive idea. Fortunately, our financial situation is good: we still have a few good customers.
Few is a negative idea. It means 'almost none'. We can also use very few. I'm very sad: I have few good friends.
I'm very sad: I have very few good friends.

(Both these sentences mean ‘I don't have many good friends – I would like to have more’.)
A few and few have irregular comparative and superlative forms. few ⇒ fewer ⇒ the fewest
a few ⇒ more ⇒ the most
Little, a little
A little is more than little.
We use a little and little + an uncountable noun. a little time, a little food, a little money, little time, little food, little money
A little is a positive idea. It means 'not much, but some'. I can help you: I speak a little English.
Little is a negative idea. It means 'nearly none, nearly nothing'. We can also use very little. I can't help you. I speak little English.
I can't help you. I speak very little English.


Both these sentences mean ‘My English isn’t good; I would like to speak English better’.
A little and little have irregular comparative and superlative forms. little ⇒ less ⇒ the least
a little ⇒ more ⇒ the most

1 Comment

  1. Ashay - September 20, 2015, 5:16 pm Reply

    What about the few ,the little

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