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I could "feel" the difference but had to look it up!
Here's the best explanation that I found:
"a few" means "some" while "the few" means "all of those"
- "I got a few complex questions" --> Some questions that I have are complex
- "The few questions that I have are complex" --> All of the questions that I have are complex"
Hope this will help a little!
7Raiden7439dNot a native speaker, but, isn't that the difference between determined and undetermined objects?
Meaning "a XXX" denotes one sample of XXX, without specifications, whereas "the XXX I mentioned before" determines amongst the other XXX the ones that I mentioned before!
dejaime809d"a few" means any few,
"the few" means these really specific few
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