Element USE: FORMAL
SuperCat NEGATION
SubCat negation
Lexical Range N/A
Level C1
Cando Can use '(very) few' meaning 'not many' to refer to people in formal written contexts, often reports or surveys.
Corrected Learner Example They were sent to Britain to improve their English but few had any real contact with the language. (Sweden; C1 EFFECTIVE OPERATIONAL PROFICIENCY; 2000; Swedish; Pass)

English is the most spoken language nowadays and although most of the people can speak a bit of English, very few speak it in the right way. (Greece; C1 EFFECTIVE OPERATIONAL PROFICIENCY; 1993; Greek; Pass)

The Greeks have always been a tortured folk; everyone tried to conquer them, but few managed. (Greece; C1 EFFECTIVE OPERATIONAL PROFICIENCY; 2000; Greek; Pass)
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