Expresar su opinión sobre una cantidad

Los cuantificadores few y a few, little  y  a little  parecen casi idénticos pero de hecho son bastante diferentes. Estas expresiones muestran la actitud del locutor sobre la cantidad a la que se refiere, positivamente o negativamente.

Actitud positiva

A few (para nombres enumerables) y  a little (para nombres enumerables) describen la cantidad en un sentido positivo, sobreentendiendo que aunque el que habla no tenga muhco, tiene bastante.

Ejemplos
  • I've got a few friends. = I have enough friends.
  • I have a few flowers in my garden. = I have enough flowers.
  • I've got a little money. = I have enough money.
  • I have a little free time on Thursdays. = I have enough free time.
Actitud negativa

Few (para nombres enumerables) y little (para nombres inenumerables) describen la cantidan en un sentido negativo. Pueden indicar una imprecisión total sobre el nombre, pero son mas correctos que decir la cantidad directamente.

Ejemplos
  • Few people visited him in hospital. = he had almost no visitors, or perhaps no visitors at all.
  • I've seen few birds around here. = there are almost no birds, or perhaps not a single bird
  • He had little money for treats. = almost no money, or perhaps no money at all
  • I have little time for TV = almost no time, or perhaps no time at all