few

USAGE NOTE
This word must be preceded by the indefinite article in the senses shown in 2) and 5).
few(
fyu
)
A pronoun is a word that stands in for a noun (e.g. she).
pronoun
1. (not many)
a. pocos
Very few of her friends attended her bridal shower.Muy pocas de sus amigas asistieron a su despedida de novia.
Very few were brave enough to touch the lion.Muy pocos fueron lo suficientemente valientes como para tocar el león.
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
noun
2. (some)
a. unos cuantos
If you are looking for a pen, there are a few in my desk.Si andas buscando un bolígrafo, hay unos cuantos en mi escritorio.
b. algunos
The clown frightened a few of the children.El payaso asustó a algunos de los niños.
3. (small amount of the population)
a. los pocos
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(M)
My dad always complains about how 99% of the world's money goes to the rich few.Mi papá siempre se queja de que 99% de la plata del mundo va a los pocos ricos.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
adjective
4. (not many)
a. pocos
There are few cars on the road today.Hay pocos carros en la carretera hoy.
5. (some)
a. algunos
I have a few friends that went to Harvard.Tengo algunos amigos que fueron a Harvard.
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few
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
Noun
1. (general)
a.
the few who camelos pocos que vinieron
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
adjective
2. (not many)
a. pocos(as)
his visits are few and far betweensólo viene muy de vez en cuando
every few minutes/dayscada pocos minutos/días
he gave too few examplesdio muy pocos ejemplos
as few as a dozen finished the racetan sólo una docena terminó la carrera
few people knew who she waspocos sabían quién era
3. (some)
a.
a fewunos(as) pocos(as), algunos(as)
a good fewunos cuantos
quite a fewbastantes
in the next few daysen los próximos días
A pronoun is a word that stands in for a noun (e.g. she).
pronoun
4. (not many)
a. pocos(as)
there are very/too few of ussomos muy/demasiado pocos
few (of them) could speak Frenchpocos (de ellos) hablaban francés
few, if anypocos(as) o ninguno(a), apenas alguno(a)
5. (some)
a.
a fewalgunos(as)
a few of the survivorsalgunos supervivientes
a few of usalgunos de nosotros
few [fjuː]
adjective
pronoun
fewer (comparative)fewest (superlative)
1 (not many) pocosaspocas;as pocas
few books pocos libros; few of them pocos (de ellos); only a few solo unos pocos; only a few of them came solo vinieron unos pocos
there are very few of us we are very few somos muy pocos
few (people) managed to do it muy pocos consiguieron hacerlo; the few who ... los pocos que ...; she is one of the few (people) who ... ella es una de los pocos que ...; such men are few hay pocos hombres así
as few as three of them nada más que tres
every few weeks cada dos o tres semanas
with few exceptions con pocas excepciones
they are few and far between son contados
the lucky few unos pocos or unos cuantos afortunados
in or over the next few days en or durante los próximos días; en estos días; (LAm)
in or over the past few days en or durante los últimos días
the last or remaining few minutes el poco tiempo que queda/quedaba
too few demasiado pocos
there were three too few faltaban tres
2 (some, several)
a few algunos
a good few quite a few bastantes
a good few or quite a few (people) came vinieron bastantes; vino bastante gente
he'd had a few (drinks) llevaba ya una copa de más
a few more algunos más
(in) a few more days dentro de unos pocos días
a few of them algunos de ellos
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