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What is the difference between few and a few?

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    few = not many
    a few = a small number

    Few people know this fact = almost no one knows this fact
    A few people know this fact = there are some people who know this fact

    It's mostly a matter of focus. If you want to stress the idea of scarcity, you will use "few".

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