Languages › English as a Second Language Common Mistakes in English: A Little vs. a Few, Little vs. Few Share Flipboard Email Print aphrodite74/Getty Images English as a Second Language Grammar Pronunciation & Conversation Vocabulary Writing Skills Reading Comprehension Business English Resources for Teachers By Kenneth Beare English as a Second Language (ESL) Expert TESOL Diploma, Trinity College London M.A., Music Performance, Cologne University of Music B.A., Vocal Performance, Eastman School of Music Kenneth Beare is an English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher and course developer with over three decades of teaching experience. our editorial process Kenneth Beare Updated November 24, 2018 The quantifiers "a little," "little," "a few," and "few" are often used interchangeably in English. However, there is a difference based on whether the object specified is countable or uncountable. The use of the indefinite article "a" also changes the meaning of these important words. A Little - A Few / Little - Few A little and little refer to non-count nouns, and are used with the singular form: Examples: There's little wine left in the bottle.I've put a little sugar into your coffee. A few and few refer to count nouns, and are used with the plural form: Examples: There are a few students in that classroom.He says few applicants have presented themselves. A little and a few convey a positive meaning. Examples: I've got a little wine left, would you like some?They've got a few positions open. Little and few convey a negative meaning. Examples: He's got little money left.I have few friends in Chicago.