A few and the few

October 2, 2012pdf

Few is used with plural nouns. It indicates a small number of something.

There were few children in the class.

I could answer only a few questions.

A few means some. It has a positive meaning. The few means not many, but all of those. Test your understanding of few with this grammar exercise.

Complete the following sentences using a few or the few.

Question 1

He wants to spend ……………………………………. days that are left to him in solitude and meditation.

a) the few

b) a few

c) either could be used here

Question 2

I have got ……………………………….. questions to ask.

a) a few

b) the few

c) either could be used here

Question 3

………………………………….. public gardens that we have are not properly maintained.

a) the few

b) a few

c) either could be used here

Question 4

I can’t express my gratitude in …………………………….. words.

a) a few

b) the few

c) either could be used here

Question 5

…………………………………. remarks that he made were very poignant.

a) a few

b) the few

c) either could be used here

Question 6

When I met him ………………………………………. weeks ago, he looked happy.

a) a few

b) the few

c) either could be used here

 

Answers

1. He wants to spend the few days that are left to him in solitude and meditation.

2. I have got a few questions to ask.

3. The few public gardens that we have are not maintained properly.

4. I can’t express my gratitude in a few words.

5. The few remarks that he made were very poignant.

6. When I met him a few weeks ago, he looked happy.

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