Get it right: few
Don’t use a singular noun or an uncountable noun after few. Always use a plural noun:
✗ Few restaurant owner are satisfied, and most object to this regulation.
✓ Few restaurant owners are satisfied, and most object to this regulation.
With uncountable nouns, use little (not few):
✗ TV, video and computer games leave few space for dreaming and imagination.
✓ TV, video and computer games leave little space for dreaming and imagination.
✗ Poverty is when a country has very few food.
✓ Poverty is when a country has very little food.
Don’t confuse few and little with a few and a little:
✗ Criminals can get permission to leave the prison for few days on vacation.
✓ Criminals can get permission to leave the prison for a few days on vacation.
✗ An e-mail will be received in few minutes.
✓ An e-mail will be received in a few minutes.
Few and little generally have a negative meaning, referring to amounts that are smaller than you would like them to be:
At that time, there were few women in management positions.
Little study has been devoted to this issue.
A few and a little simply refer to a small amount or number:
We’re having a few friends over for dinner.
The majority of injuries are superficial and, with a little care, heal quickly.