From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishfewfew /fjuː/ ●●●S1W1 determiner, pronoun, adjective (comparative fewer, superlative fewest) 🔊 🔊 1FEW/NOT MANY[no comparative] a small number of things or peoplea few 🔊 I have to buy a few things at the supermarket. 🔊 Pam called to say she’s going to be a few minutes late. 🔊 There were a few people sitting at the back of the hall. 🔊 There are a few more things I’d like to discuss.few of 🔊 I’ve read a few of her books. 🔊 I could suggest many different methods, but anyway, here are just a few. 🔊 There are only a very few (=not many) exceptions.the last/next few 🔊 The office has been closed for the last few days.every few days/weeks etc 🔊 The plants need to be watered every few days.the/somebody’s few days/weeks etc 🔊 She had enjoyed her few days in Monaco.2 →quite a few/a good few/not a few3ENOUGHnot many or hardly any people or things opp many 🔊 low-paid jobs that few people want 🔊 Many people expressed concern, but few were willing to help. 🔊 The team that makes the fewest mistakes usually wins.few of 🔊 Very few of the staff come from the local area. 🔊 Mr Wingate was full of explanations, but precious few (=hardly any) of them made sense.the few 🔊 The cathedral was one of the few buildings not destroyed in the war. 🔊 This hospital is one of the few that are equipped to provide transplant surgery.somebody’s few belongings/friends etc 🔊 I gathered together my few possessions.4 →no fewer than5 →as few as 5/10 etc6 →to name/mention but a few7 →the (privileged/chosen) few8 →be few and far between9 →have had a few (too many)GRAMMAR: Comparisona few• A few means ‘a small number, for example two or three people or things’.• You use a few before plural nouns: A few people were waiting.He called me a few days later. • You say a few of the: A few of the people were getting annoyed.✗Don’t say: A few of people were getting annoyed.• You say a few of my/her/his etc or a few of them/us/you: A few of my friends came too.A few of us left early.few• Few means ‘not many or hardly any’. It emphasizes how small the number is. • In formal English, you use few before plural nouns, without ‘a’: Few people knew he was ill.• In everyday English, people usually say not many instead: Not many people knew he was ill.