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few [ fju:] a.很少的;少数的

a few 少许,一些

a good few 相当多,不少

quite a few 相当多,有相当数目

a few 有些,几个

quite a few 还不少,有相当数目的

a few

quite a few

Here it is, some French francs, Swiss francs, American dollars and a few Dutch guilders.

a man of few words 沉默寡言的人

few and far between 难能可贵

数日之内我们将有三笔大额近款, 所以我们最迟于下星期一以前定给贵方汇款。
As we expect to receive three large sums within the next few days, days, we will send you some money by Monday at the latest.

The latest surveys show that quite a few children have unpleasant associations with homework.

Many city residents complain that it is so few buses in their city that they have to spend much more time waiting for a bus, which is usually crowded with a large number of passengers.

But is it really the case? The information I've collected over last few years leads me to believe that artistic and cultural projects may be less useful than many governments think. In fact, basic infrastructure projects are playing extremely important role and should be given priority.

Unfortunately, there is very few evidence that big companies are willing to invest a huge sums of money in a place without sufficient basic projects, such as supplies of electricity and water.

Many survey show that people in increasing numbers are beginning to recognize that boarding school provides better environment and facilities for children.
许多调查显示越来越多的人开始意识到寄宿学校能给他们的孩子提供较好的学习环境和设施。 120. At the same time, there are still many people who live under the traditional ideas that day schools play an extremely important role in children's study.
 121. On the one hand, it is indisputable that boarding schools are exerting a growing important effect, especially in last few years.

One of the few experiences which never pall is the experience for watching one's own interests, responds to new stimuli, and develops new thoughts.

Democracy substitutes election by the incompetent many for appointment by the corrupt few.

Paying attention to simple little things that most men neglect makes a few men rich.

An overdose of praise is like ten lumps of sugar in coffee; only a very few people can swallow it.

I bought a few trifles as souvenirs.

If I had taken the doctor's advice and rested for a few days, I should have completely recovered by now.
要是我听医生劝告, 休息几天, 我现在该完全恢复了。

Within a few days, she has become seriously ill, suffering from great pain.

Most tourists really enjoy visiting Disney world in Florida; the few who do not are exceptions.

Most things are made of components. Some things have many components; some have only a few.

Can you extend your visit a few days longer?

This is a good book apart from a few mistakes.

He suggested quite a few tips about the managers of the company, but none of them held water.

He made suggested quite a few ideas about the managing of the company, but none of them held water.

They invited Mr. Jackson to open the meeting and make a few opening remarks.

I saw quite a few car accidents on the highway.

Sometimes a few words will do the trick.

At that time few people realized the significance of his discovery.

The newly established government controls the main part of the city except for a few pockets of resistance.
除了少数地区还在抵抗, 新政府控制了城市的主要区段。

The last few years have seen an explosive increase in the number of homeless people on our streets.

Dust accumulates quickly, even if you clean the house every few days.

The symptoms don’t appear until a few days later after you are infected.

make a few remarks 说几句话; 作短评

In the past few years there has been an increasing tendency towards the use of guns by criminals.

A few drinks loosened his tongue.

The arrangement of the flowers only took a few minutes.

A few devoted doctors have fought for years to enlighten the profession.

After a few minutes she said, " I nearly forgot the valentine I bought yesterday!"

The consensus among the world’s scientists is that the world is likely to warm up over the next few decades.

Just a few months.

We have a few kitchen things and a dining room set.

He has quite a few friends. 他有不少的朋友。

Americans are proud of their variety and individuality, yet they love and respect few things more than a uniform, whether it is the uniform of an elevator operator or the uniform of a five-star general.

It took us only a few minutes to get through the Customs.

Few of us have his address.

I'll only keep you a few minutes.

I only have a few pennies with me.

My time is precious; I can only give you a few minutes.

After a few tries they decided to give up.

Is Jeff around?
Is Jeff around? (杰夫在吗?)
He was here a few minutes ago. (几分钟前他还在这儿来着。)

By the way, before leaving this subject, I would like to add a few comments.

a black sheep 败家子
Eric is a black sheep ,splashing one million dollars in a few years .

A thousand friends are few, one enemy is too many.

Books, like friends, should be few and well chosen.

Few words are best.

Have but few friends though many acquaintances.

Love all, trust a few, be false to none.

One foe is too many; and a hundred friends too few.

Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested.

To live long is almost everyone's wish, but to live well is the ambitiion of a few.

By the way, before leaving this subject, I would like to add a few comments.

I'll be ready in a few minutes.

A The Olympics will be on television everywhere.
A 世界各地都将通过电视转播奥运会比赛盛况。
B There’ll be millions and millions watching it on TV.
B 将有数百万人通过电视观看比赛。
A I know. The whole world will be watching. It’s a real global event.
A 我知道。整个世界都将观看比赛。它是全球的盛事。
B It’s good for Beijing, and for China.
B 这对北京和中国都有好处。
A I know. The eyes of the world will be on Beijing.
A 我知道。整个世界都将注视北京。
B For a few fantastic weeks, Beijing will be the centre of attention.
B 在几个激动人心的星期里,北京都将是世人瞩目的中心。

A How about your family? Do you have brothers or sisters?
A 你的家人怎么样?你有兄弟姐妹吗?
B Yes, I’ve got one sister. She’s a few years younger than me. She’s a student, still studying at university.

A So, it’s on the east side of the lake.
A 这么说,它在湖的东侧。
B Yes, there’re a few restaurants on your left side and then the Vietnamese restaurant.
B 是的,在你的左侧有几家餐馆,然后就是那家越南餐馆。
A Will I find it easily?
A 我会很容易找到它吗?
B Oh, yes. You’ll see a Russian restaurant first, then a Mongolian one – I think. Then a couple of others.
B 哦,是的。你首先将看到一家俄罗斯餐馆,然后是一家蒙古餐馆——我想。然后还有两三家其它的。
A And after those, it’s the Vietnamese restaurant?
A 过去这几家,就是那家越南餐馆了吗?
B Yes, you’ll find it easily. It’s only about one minute walk from the bridge.
B 是的,你会很容易找到的。从桥走到那里大约只需一分钟。

A Hi! ?I’ll just be a few moments. I want to check my e-mail.
A 嗨!我只用一会。我想看看我的电子邮件。
B No problem. I want to check mine too.
B 没问题。我也想看看我的。
A I hate it when you get a lot of junk mails.
A 有那么多的垃圾邮件真令我讨厌。
B Me too. It’s such a waste of time.
B 我也是。这浪费了很多时间。
A I’m expecting an e-mail from my friend and I want to reply.
A 我在等我朋友的邮件,我想回复邮件。
B No problem. I’ve got a few quick e-mails I need to send anyway.
B 没问题。我也有几封需要尽快发送的邮件。

A I used to work in Harbin. It was a few years ago, and only for six months.
A 我过去在哈尔滨工作。那是几年前的事情了,在那我只工作了6个月。
B Really? I didn’t know that. When exactly was that – and what was it like?
B 真的吗?我不知道。那是什么时候——究竟是怎么回事?
A Oh, two to three years ago. I really enjoyed it.? It was such a change from Beijing.
A 哦,两三年前的事。我很喜欢那段日子。和在北京的生活是如此不同。?
B I can imagine. I used to live and work in Nanjing and that was very different from Beijing too.
B 我可以想象得到。我过去工作、生活在南京,那里和北京也有很大不同。
A Yes, everything was different – the food, the traffic, the weather, the pace of life.
A 是的,一切都不同——食物、交通、天气,还有生活的节奏。
B I agree. I prefer Beijing but I miss the quieter life. I used to like that.
B 我同意。我更喜欢北京,但是我怀念更安静的生活。我过去很喜欢那样的生活。

A Hi! It’s good to see you again. It’s been such a long time. It’s ages since I last saw you!
A 你好!很高兴再次见到你。好久不见。自从我上次见到你已经过去好久好久了!
B I know. The last time we met was about a year ago, wasn’t it?
B 我知道。上次我们见面是大约一年前,不是吗?
A Yes, I think it was. What have you been doing since then?
A 是的,我想是的。从那以后你一直在做什么?
B Well, I went to Shanghai for a few months. I had some work there – only for a short time. Then I came back here.
B 哦,我去了上海几个月。我在那里有些工作——只是一小段时间。然后我就回来了。
A And then what did you do?
A 回来以后你做了什么?
B Well, I started a new job here. Then I took a holiday. I went to Thailand. And now I’m back.
B 哦,我在这里开始了一份新工作。然后我放假了。我去了泰国。现在我又回来了。

A Let’s go out this evening. The weather is beautiful.
A 咱们今晚出去。天气太好了。
B OK. Where would you like to go?
B 好的。你想去哪里?
A Let’s check out some of the bars around Houhai.
A 咱们到后海周围的酒吧转转。
B That would be nice. We can try some of the lakeside and rooftop bars.
B 那会很有意思。我们可以到那些湖边和屋顶酒吧看看。
A Yes, some of them have fantastic views.
A 好的,在其中的几家看风景视野特别好。
B We can just stroll around and try a few places.
B 我们就到那里转转,去一些地方看看。

A Yes, I like visiting Beijing very much.
A 是的,我非常喜欢来北京。
B So do I. I rent an apartment here. Prices are very reasonable.
B 我也是。我在这里租了一间公寓。价格非常合理。
A Yes, I lived and worked in Tokyo before. Tokyo is much more expensive than Beijing.
A 是的,我以前在东经住,并在那里工作。东经的物价比北京高得多。
B People say rents in Tokyo are higher than London, New York and Paris.
B 人们说在东经租房子比在伦敦、纽约和巴黎贵得多。
A I'm sure that's true.
A 我肯定这是真的。
B But Beijing is more expensive than a few years ago.
B 但是北京的物价也比几年前高了。

A Hello, Mr Li? It's Liz Frost from London.
A 你好!你是李先生吗?我是伦敦的李兹·福罗斯特。
B Hi, Liz. Good to talk to you.
B 你好,李兹!很高兴和你通话。
A There are a few things we must discuss.
A 有几件事情我们必须谈论一下。
B Liz, can you call back in an hour? I'm in a meeting right now.
B 李兹,你能一小时以后打过来吗?我现在正在开会。
A Oh, I'm sorry. I'll call back around 12.
A 噢,对不起。我12点左右打给你。
B Thanks. 12 is OK. We'll talk then.
B 谢谢。12点可以。我们到时再谈。

A The Olympics will be on television all round the world.
A 世界各地都将通过电视观看奥运比赛。
B There’ll be millions watching it on TV.
B 将有数以百万计的人将通过电视观看比赛。
A The whole world will be watching. It’s a real global event.
A 整个世界都将观看比赛,那将是全球的大事。
B It’s good for Beijing, and for China. The eyes of the world will be on Beijing.
B 这对北京以及中国都有好处。北京将成为世人关注的焦点。
A Yes, for a few fantastic weeks, Beijing will be the centre of attention.
B 是的,在几个激动人心的星期里,北京都将成为人们关注的中心。

A Hi! Good to see you again. It’s been such a long time. It’s ages since we last met.
A 你好!很高兴再次见到你。这么长时间了,我们好久好久没有见面了。
B I know. The last time we met was about 6 months ago, wasn’t it?
B 我知道。上次我们见面大约是6个月前,不是吗?
A Yes, I think it was. What have you been doing since then?
A 是的,我想是的。从那以后你一直都在做什么?
B Well, I went to Guangzhou for a few months. I was working there – but only for a short time.
B 哦,我去广州呆了几个月。我在那里工作——但是只是很短的一段时间。
A And then what did you do?
A 然后你做什么了?
B Well, I took a short holiday in Hong Kong. Then I started a new job here.
B 哦,我在香港度过了一个短暂的假期。然后我在这里开始做一份新工作。

A I used to work in Guangzhou, you know. I worked there a few years ago, for about six months.
A 我过去在广州工作,你知道。几年前我在那里工作了大约6个月。
B Really? I didn’t know that. Did you like it?
B 真的吗?我不知道。你喜欢那里吗?
A Yes, I really enjoyed it. It was such a change from Beijing.
A 是的,我非常喜欢那里。那里跟北京如此不同。
B I know what you mean. I used to live and work in Harbin and that was very different from Beijing too.
B 我明白你的意思。我过去住在哈尔滨,并在那里工作。那里和北京也很不同。
A Yes, everything was different – the food, the traffic, the weather, the pace of life.
A 是的,一切都不同——食物、交通、天气,还有生活的节奏。

A What will you do in the October holiday this year?
A 今年十一”长假的时候你打算做什么?
B I’m not sure. I’d like a break, but I’ve made no plans yet. What about you?
B 我还不确定。我想休息一下,但是我还没有确定的计划。你呢?
A I’m going on holiday in October. I’m going to go to Harbin for a week.
A 我10月份的时候将去度假。我将去哈尔滨呆一周。
B Will you see your family and friends?
B 你要去看你的家人和朋友吗?
A Yes, it will be a good chance to see everybody again.
A 是的,那将是再次看望大家的好机会。
B Well, maybe I’ll go to Shanghai to see friends for a few days.
B 哦,也许我会去上海呆几天,看望我的朋友们。

A When will you go back to New York?
A 你什么时候回纽约?
B Pretty soon. I’m going back to the States next week.
B 很快。我下周将回美国。
A And when will you come back to Beijing?
A 那你什么时候回北京?
B Oh, in a few weeks. I’m only away for a short time. I’ll be back in Beijing soon - around the end of the month.
B 噢,几个星期以后。我只离开一小段时间。我很快就回北京来——大约在月底的时候 。
A That’s not too long.
A 时间不太长。
B Yes. I’m looking forward to it. But I’m also looking forward to returning.
B 是的。我期待着去美国。但是我也期待着回北京来。

A What are your plans for the next few weeks?
A 接下来的几周你有什么打算?
B It’s a really busy time at work just now. But I will also take a trip to Hong Kong soon.
B 我目前工作非常忙。但是我很快将去香港一趟。
A When are you going to visit Hong Kong?
A 你什么时候去香港?
B I will go at the end of the month. I’ll go for a long weekend.
B 我月底去。我将去度一个长点的周末。
A Have you booked your ticket?
A 你已经订票了吗?
B No, not yet. I’ll book it tomorrow. Thanks for reminding me.
B 不,还没有 。我明天去订票。谢谢你提醒我。

A So you will be back in time for the meeting on the 26th.
A 那么你会及时赶回来参加26日的会议了。
B On the twenty-sixth? Yes, I’ll be back a few days before that.
B 26日的会议?是的,我会在那之前几天回来的。
A And remember – we also have another meeting on the 30th.
A 还有记住——我们在30日还有一个会。
B Don’t worry. I’ve got both meetings in my diary. The twenty-sixth and the thirtieth,
B 别担心。我把两个会议的时间都记在日志里了。26日和30日。
A And then I’m going away next month on the 4th.
A 我下个月4日还要出差。
B It’s a busy time.
B 真够忙的。

A You don’t sound very good. Are you OK?
A 你的声音听起来不是很健康。你还好吗?
B I’ve just got a sore throat. A few hot drinks and I’ll be OK.
B 我的喉咙很痛。喝些热饮后,应该就会好了。
A Let’s have some jasmine tea. That’ll be good for you.
A 我们来喝点茉莉花茶。它对你比较好。
B Thanks. I’m sure I’ll be fine.
B 谢谢,我知道我会好起来的。

Few things are impossible in themselves; and it is often for want of will, rather than of means, that man fails to succeed.
La Rocheforcauld, French writer 

Few rich men own their property.The property owns them.
Robert Green Ingersoll. American Iawyer

The consumer isn't a moron; she is your wife. You insult her in-telligence if you assume that a mere slogan and a few vapid adjectives will persuade her to buy anything.
Davik Ogilvy, American advertisement manager 

What time is it?几点钟了?
It’s two o’clock.两点钟。
It’s a few minutes after two.两点过几分。

She has been shut-in for a few days.

@@@ 许多, 大量, 富于
a (great/wide) range of 广泛的; 许多的
a cloud of 一大群; 一大片
a crowd of 许多; 一大群
a good/great deal (of) 许多, 大量
a great many 许多
a heap of 一大堆
a host of 一大群; 许多
a large amount & large amounts of 许多, 大量
a multitude of 一大批; 大量
a myriad of 大量的, 无数的
a number of 许多; 一些
a pile of 一堆; 很多
a wealth of 丰富的, 大量的
abound in 充满, 富于
all kinds of 许多; 大量(金钱)
an array of 显眼的一系列; 整齐的一大批; 大量
be abundant in 富于, 丰富
by the dozens 数目很多地; 大量地
for the most part 主要地; 大多数情况下
have (sth.) to spare 有多余的...
head and shoulders above 大大超出, 水平高很多
in abundance 大量地
in quantity 大量地, 大批地
on a large scale 大批量; 大规模
plenty of 丰富, 大量
quite a bit/few/little/lot 相当多, 有相当多的数目
rich in sth. 富于...
safety in numbers 人多保险, 势众
scores of 许多
teem with 有很多..., 充满...
the majority of 大多数
varied fare 多样化的饮食
well attended 参加的人多

take a shine to 有好感
He really likes you. There are very few people he takes a shine to
right away.

kick around讨论;多考虑一下
Let's kick around a few more proposals before we come to a final decision.

up and running生龙活虎的
He'll be up and running in a few days.

a man of few words 沉默寡言的人

few and far between 难能可贵

When you find something you really want, don't let a few dollars keep you from getting it.

a few 有些,几个

quite a few 不少,相当多

- chew the cud 好好琢磨琢磨
I don't want to jump to conclusions, I have to chew the cud on it for a few days.

A few problems with supply under the old contract must be quickly resolved.

There are only a few unsold pieces.

A: What’s the big holiday period in Beijing?
A: 在北京大的节假日是哪段时间?
B: We have a big holiday in October. October 1st is National Day. We usually get a few days for vacation. Sometimes, we even get a week.
B: 我们在10月有一个长假。10月1日是国庆节。我们通常有几天的假期,一般是一周时间。
A: That sounds good.
A: 听起来很好。
B: It is. And we also have the New Year and Spring Festival holidays early in the year.
B: 是的。在年初我们还有新年和春节。
A: That must be a busy time.
A: 那时候一定很繁忙。
B: It is. The train stations and the airport are really busy.
B: 是的,火车站和飞机场都非常繁忙。

A: Ping, are there any good places to buy Chinese paintings?
A: 平,哪里是买中国画的好地方?
B: Do you mean traditional paintings?
B: 你是说传统绘画吗?
A: Yes. Landscapes and traditional art.
A: 是的,风景和传统艺术品。
B: There’re quite a few shops and galleries near your hotel.
B: 在你住的饭店附近有几家商店和艺术馆。
A: Are they cheap or expensive?
A: 那里的东西贵还是便宜?
B: Well, it depends on what you buy! You can also go to Panjiayuan Market. There’re lots of paintings and art there.
B: 哦,那要取决于你买什么。你也可以去潘家园市场。那里有很多画和艺术品。
A: Ok. Let’s go there. That sounds interesting.
A: 好,咱们就去那里。听起来很吸引人。

不日 [bù rì] /within the next few days/in a few days time/

不少 [bù shǎo] /not (just) a few/

好几 [hǎo jǐ] /several/quite a few/

几 [jǐ] /a few/how many/

几 [jǐ] /how much/how many/several/a few/

几年 [jǐ nián] /a few years/several years/

两 [liǎng] /both/two/ounce/some/a few/tael/

零星 [líng xīng] /(adj) partial; fragmentary; scattered and few/

们 [men ] /(plural marker for pronouns and a few animate nouns)/

日前 [rì qián] /the other day/a few days ago/

少量 [shǎo liàng] /(adj) a smidgen; a little bit; a few/

些 [xiē] /some/few/several/(a measure word)/

一些 [yī xiē] /some/a few/a little/

只不过几年前 [zhǐ bù guò jǐ nián qián] /only a few years ago/just a few years ago/

Leaders of the animal rights movement target biomedical research because it depends on public funding, and few people understand the process of health care research.

In 1950, the US spent $12.7 billion on health care.
In 2002, the cost will be $1540 billion.
Anyone can see this trend is unsustainable.
Yet few seem willing to try to reverse it.

If you feel awkward being humorous, you must practice so that it becomes more natural.
Include a few casual and apparently off-the-cuff remarks which you can deliver in a relaxed and unforced manner.
Often it's the delivery which causes the audience to smile, so speak slowly and remember that a raised eyebrow or an unbelieving look may help to show that you are making a light-hearted remark.

Look for the humor. It often comes from the unexpected.
A twist on a familiar quote "If at first you don't succeed, give up" or a play on words or on a situation.
Search for exaggeration and understatements.
Look at your talk and pick out a few words or sentences which you can turn about and inject with humor.

But if robots are to reach the next stage of laborsaving utility, they will have to operate with less human supervision and be able to make at least a few decisions for themselves — goals that pose a real challenge.

Examples of benefits or costs of the current concentration wave are scanty.
Yet it is hard to imagine that the merger of a few oil firms today could re-create the same threats to competition that were feared nearly a century ago in the US, when the Standard Oil trust was broken up.
The mergers of telecom companies, such as World Com, hardly seem to bring higher prices for consumers or a reduction in the pace of technical progress.
On the contrary, the price of communications is coming down fast.

A few weeks ago, Alan Greenspan warned against the megamergers in the banking industry.

Few Americans attribute this solely to such obvious causes as a devalued dollar or the turning of the business cycle.

There is another way to commit evolutionary suicide: stay alive, but have fewer children.
Few people are as fertile as in the past.
Except in some religious communities, very few women has 15 children.

India shows what is happening.
The country offers wealth for a few in the great cities and poverty for the remaining tribal peoples.

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