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few, a few, the few

Few emphasizes that the number is small; a few or the few emphasizes that there are some, perhaps a limited number.

  • Few of us enjoy shovelling snow at -30° C.
  • I have only a few jars of rhubarb chutney left from last year.
  • Charlotte is one of the few women riding bulls on the rodeo circuit.