- I have a lot of friends
- There were few mistakes in the test
- There is a lot of snow on the ground
- There’s little sugar left
If the indefinite article a is used before the words few and little, it means a small but sufficient amount. It should be noted that a few is used before plural countable nouns:
- Are there a few buildings there?
- Vicky has made a little progress
|With uncountable nouns (most often in negative and interrogative sentences)
|With countable nouns (most often in negative and interrogative sentences)
In affirmative sentences, instead of many/much, synonyms are mainly used: A lot of, lots of, plenty of, a great deal of/a large number of.
|With uncountable nouns
|With countable nouns
Such phrases as a lot of, lots of are used to indicate a large amount. They are used with plural countable nouns and singular uncountable nouns. In modern English, a lot of, lots of are usually used in affirmative sentences, a many, much — in negative and interrogative sentences:
- We have got a lot of friends — We have got a lot of work
- We haven’t got many friends — We haven’t got much work
- Have we got many friends? — Have we got much work?