Many vs. Few
Difference Between Many and Few
An indefinite large number of.many people enjoy playing chess;there are many different ways to cook a meal
(preceded by another determiner) An indefinite, but usually small, number of.I was expecting lots of people at the party, but very few (=almost none) turned up.Quite a few of them (=many of them) were pleasantly surprised.don't know how many drinks I've had, but I've had a few. [This usage is likely ironic.]
A collective mass of people.Democracy must balance the rights of the few against the will of the manyA great many do not understand this.
(used alone) Not many; a small (in comparison with another number stated or implied) but somewhat indefinite number of.There are few people who understand quantum theory.Many are called, but few are chosen.
An indefinite large number of people or things.Many are called, but few are chosen.
(US?) Obscuring one eighth to two eighths of the sky.Tonight: A few clouds. Increasing cloudiness overnight.NOAA definition of the term "few clouds": An official sky cover classification for aviation weather observations, descriptive of a sky cover of 1/8 to 2/8. This is applied only when obscuring phenomena aloft are present--that is, not when obscuring phenomena are surface-based, such as fog.
A multitude; a great aggregate; a mass of people; the generality; the common herd.
(US?) Having a 10 percent chance of measurable precipitation (0.01 inch); used interchangeably with isolated.
A considerable number.
Few people, few things.Many are called, but few are chosen.
a quantifier that can be used with count nouns and is often preceded by `as' or `too' or `so' or `that'; amounting to a large but indefinite number;many temptationsthe temptations are manya good manya great manymany directionstake as many apples as you liketoo many clouds to seenever saw so many people
an indefinite but relatively small number;they bought a case of beer and drank a few
a small elite group;it was designed for the discriminating few
a quantifier that can be used with count nouns and is often preceded by `a'; a small but indefinite number;a few weeks agoa few more wagons than usualan invalid's pleasures are few and far betweenfew roses were still bloomingfew women have led troops in battle