A little and A Few Exercises (With Printable PDF)

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A little and a few are two phrases that confuse many English writers. Learn the difference between the two quantifiers, then answer the two printable worksheets to check your understanding.

A Little vs. A Few

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Both a little and a few are called quantifiers that mean some.

  • Use a little with singular uncountable nouns.

Example: Your lasagna recipe needs a little salt.

  • Use a few with plural countable nouns.

Example: I have a few extra dollars you can borrow.

Remember that a little and a few are different from little and few. Little and few have negative meanings, which is not as much as may be expected.

We can also use a little and a few as pronouns.

  • Use a little when referring to singular uncountable nouns.

Example: I know a little about the life of the later princess.

  • Use a few with plural countable nouns.

Example: Do you need coins? I have a few you can borrow.

A Little vs. A Few Exercise #1

A Little vs. A Few Exercise #1

Choose the correct answer.

Which word has a negative definition of not as much as may be expected?
TRUE or FALSE: A little and a few can modify nouns and pronouns
TRUE or FALSE: The presence or absence of the article “a” shows a difference in meaning between a little and little.
TRUE or FALSE: A little can be an adjective and a pronoun.
Which quantifier do we use with plural countable nouns that means some?
Which pronoun do we use with singular countable nouns that means some?
Which quantifier do we use with singular uncountable nouns that means some?
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A Little vs. A Few Exercise #2

A Little vs. A Few Exercise #2

Choose the correct answer.

We have ______________ time left.
There were ______________ women outside our house this morning.
I enjoy drinking my coffee with ______________ sugar.
She drinks ______________ glasses of water a day.
There’s ______________ milk in the fridge you can drink for breakfast tomorrow.
I have ______________ water left from my bottle.
I wish I only had ______________ problems.
______________ parents went to school this morning looking for their children.
Candace is happy that she has ______________ good friends in her new town.
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A Little vs. A Few Final Word

I hope these three exercises help you master the difference between a little vs. a few. Remember:

  • A little can be a quantifier or pronoun used for singular uncountable nouns
  • A few can be a quantifier or pronoun used for plural countable nouns.

Do not use these phrases for singular countable nouns or when you mean to say not as much as may be expected.

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