quite a: lot of/bit of/little/few

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quite a: lot of/bit of/little/few

Unread post by PhilipPL » Sun Feb 15, 2015 8:35 pm


I'm trying to figure out whether there's any significant difference in meaning between the following expressions:
A - quite a lot of,
B - quite a bit of,
C - quite a little,
D - quite a few.

After reading the comparison between "A" and "B" on this website, I see no semantic difference between these two expressions. But what about "C" ? I'm pretty sure that "a bit of" and "a little" are practically identical (e.g. I've got a bit of/a little meat.), so this must mean that "C" also expresses "a fairly large amount of sth" as "A" and "B" do, am I right? Finally, although "a few" is used only with plural nouns, the expression means the same as "a bit of"/"a little" which as we all know both function only with uncountable nouns; therefore, I assume that "D" expresses "a fairly large amount of sth" as well. Do you think that all 4 expressions convey the same meaning or at least virtually the same meaning?
Please share your opinions.


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Re: quite a: lot of/bit of/little/few

Unread post by johnsimpson » Sun Apr 05, 2015 2:22 pm

You are correct so far, but how about giving us quite a few more full sentence examples, and then we might some errors.
eg, There's quite a few people here.

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