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Use of ‘Little’ & ‘Few’ (Explained in Hindi & English)

Use of ‘Little’ & ‘Few’ (Explained in Hindi)

A) Little/A little/The little जब adjective होते हैं तो ये uncountable nouns के साथ प्रयोग में लाये जाते हैं; जैसे

little milk; a little milk

B) Few/A few/The few जब adjective होते हैं तो ये plural countable nouns के साथ प्रयोग में लाये जाते हैं; जैसे

few books; a few books

1. A Little/A Few

ये दोनों ही सकारात्मक (positive) अर्थों में use होते हैं. A little = किसी वस्तु की थोड़ी सी मात्रा; A few = थोड़े से ही व्यक्ति अथवा वस्तु; e.g.

a) I drank some tea and ate a little bread before leaving for my office.
b) I’m having a dinner  party for a few close friends.

2. Little/Few

‘Little’ और ‘few’ नकरात्मक (negative) अर्थों में use होते हैं.
Little = किसी वस्तु की न के बराबर मात्रा; Few = व्यक्तियों अथवा वस्तुओं की न के बराबर संख्या

a) They had little money to spend. (= उनके पास खर्च करने को न के बराबर पैसे थे.)
b) Few towns in India have public libraries. (= भारत के न के बराबर कस्बों में ही सार्वजनिक पुस्तकालय हैं.)

3. The Little/The Few

The little = थोड़ी सी ही कोई वस्तु लेकिन जितनी है वो सारी की सारी; The few = थोड़े से ही व्यक्ति अथवा वस्तु लेकिन जितने हैं वो सारे के सारे

a) The little information he had was not quite satisfactory. (= उसके पास जो भी थोड़ी-बहुत सूचना थी वो काफी नहीं थी.)
b) The few friends he has are all very kind.  (जितने भी थोड़े-बहुत उसके पास दोस्त हैं वे सब के सब बड़े दयालु हैं.)

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Use of ‘Little’ & ‘Few’ (Explained in English)

i) Little/A little/The little as Adjectives are used before uncountable nouns; e.g.

little milk; a little milk

ii) Few/A few/The few as adjectives are used before plural countable nouns; e.g.

few books; a few books

1. A Little/A Few

Both have positive meanings. A little = a small quantity of something; A few = a small number of people or things; e.g.

a) I drank some tea and ate a little bread before leaving for my office.
b) I’m having a dinner  party for a few close friends.

2. Little/Few

‘Little’ and ‘few’ denote scarcity or lack and have the force of a negative meaning.
Little = not much or enough (hardly any); Few = not many (hardly any)

a) They had little money to spend.
b) Few towns in India have public libraries.

3. The Little/The Few

The little = not much but all that there is; The few = not many but all that there is

a) The little information he had was not quite satisfactory.
b) The few friends he has are all very kind.

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