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Pronunciation: /fjuː/

When a few is used as a pronoun and if the sentence does not specify what it refers to, the pronoun en (= of them) must be added before the verb in French: there were only a few = il n’y en avait que quelques-uns/quelques-unes.


  • 1 (not many) peu de few visitors/letters peu de visiteurs/lettres
  • 2 (couple of) every few days tous les deux ou trois jours the first few weeks les premières semaines

pron, quantif

  • peu few of us succeeded peu d'entre nous ont réussi

det, quantif, pron (a few)

  • 1 (as determiner, quantifier) quelques a few people quelques personnes quite a few people pas mal [fam] de gens, un bon nombre de personnes a few of the soldiers quelques soldats a few of us un certain nombre d'entre nous
  • 2 (as pronoun) quelques-uns/quelques-unes I would like a few more j'en voudrais quelques-uns/quelques-unes de plus I only need a few il ne m'en faut que quelques-uns/quelques-unes


they are few and far between

ils sont rarissimes

Definition of few in:

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