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Few vs a few

Both words are used with a meaning of 'several, not so many things'; however, they aren't synonymous.

Few has negative meaning and emphasises a small or too small amount, whereas a few means that the number of things is quite small, but it is enough, e.g.

There are few honest politicians these days but I suppose we must be grateful that there are still a few.

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