Little few difference and demonstratives this that these those

by Jan 26, 2019English Grammar Tips

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The best English grammar tips on “little few difference” and “demonstratives this that these those”

Confusion Word Little vs. Few

Little vs. Few – Use little or few when the amount is small and unsatisfactory—”an insufficient amount”, dissatisifed or
sad.

For Examples

 

  • I have little water. (noncount noun)
  • Little water is left in my glass. (I want more.)
  • Few people ever call me. (Poor me.)
  • I have few friends. (count noun)
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Confusion Word A LITTLE / A FEW

A Little vs. A Few – Use a little or a few when the amount is small but still satisfactory—”a sufficient amount”. satisfied and happy.

For Examples:

  • I have a little water. (noncount noun)
  • A little water is all I need.
  • I have a few friends. (count noun)
  • A few friends are coming over

Demonstratives – Specify which one — this, that, these, those

we are uisng “marbles” as example.

Demonstratives — this, these vs. that, those

NEAR

The demonstrative this marks a noun as singular and near; these marks a noun as plural and near. When placed before a noun, this or these is a determiner. When the noun is omitted, this or these is a pronoun.

SINGULAR

Eg: This marble
This blue marble is mine. (determiner)
This marble is mine. (determiner)
This is mine. (pronoun)

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Eg:These marbles
These colorful marbles are mine.
These marbles are mine.
These are mine.

FAR

The demonstrative that marks a noun as singular and near; those marks a noun as plural and near. When placed before a noun, that or those is a determiner. When the noun is omitted, that or those is a pronoun.

SINGULAR

Eg: That marble
That red marble is yours.
That marble is yours.
That is yours. (pronoun)

PLURAL

Eg: Marbles
Those multicolored marbles are yours.
Those marbles are yours.
Those are yours.

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