Verbal Ability - Sentence Correction - Discussion

Discussion :: Sentence Correction - Section 1 (Q.No.13)

Which of phrases given below each sentence should replace the phrase printed in bold type to make the grammatically correct? If the sentence is correct as it is, mark 'E' as the answer.


The intruder stood quietly for few moments

[A]. for few time
[B]. for the few moments
[C]. for moments
[D]. for a few moments
[E]. No correction required

Answer: Option D


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Pooja said: (Dec 18, 2010)  

A few=some.

Sam said: (Jan 16, 2011)  
It should be "for a few moment". How can a plural follow "a".

Abhi said: (Jun 23, 2011)  
I agree with sam..

Sourabh said: (Jun 27, 2011)  
'a few' together means plural, hence moments.

Moiz Khan said: (Aug 13, 2011)  
I agree with sourabh.

Neelu said: (Sep 30, 2011)  
I agree with sourabh

Supriya said: (Dec 9, 2011)  
Agree with pooja. That the right answer.

Maggi said: (Mar 22, 2013)  
Well as I understand, here goes the rule - Few is a quantifier that can be used with countable nouns( you can count moments) and is often preceded by 'a'.

Ofcourse - quantitavily a few > few .

Ankit Bhardwaj said: (Oct 26, 2013)  
Why not " the few "?

Rahul Saxena said: (Nov 4, 2013)  
@Pooja good attempt but not 100% correct but you showed the way. Thanks for that. Please check out these important facts.

A few means :- small number. Used for countable things such as boys, people.

Eg: There were only a few students in the class.

Few means :- no eg There were few students in the class so the class could not start.

A little:- used with uncountable things such as sugar.

Eg: There was a little sugar available in the house. So I could prepare only one cup of coffee.

Little: no, eg There was little sugar in the house. So I could not prepare coffee.

Sindhu said: (Dec 9, 2013)  
Friends, do you know the word 'several' contains the amount less than a few, but generally we use it for many things.

Shivani Sahu said: (Sep 16, 2014)  
When we use 'a few' it gives positive sense.

Using article before few gives positive sense.

Example I have a few pencils.

I have few pencils.

Difference can be seen.

Shaik said: (Sep 8, 2015)  
Just tell me the exact answer.

Sandeep said: (Sep 15, 2015)  
What about the few?

Akhil said: (Oct 15, 2015)  
Give the clarity answer.

Ganesh said: (Mar 30, 2016)  
Few and a few both are correct.
Few = some.
A few = expected + some more.

Samruddhi said: (Aug 22, 2016)  
Anyone tell me how to use articles, please.

Nakshatra said: (Oct 24, 2016)  
Can you tell me what is the meaning of intruder?

Nandhu said: (Nov 9, 2016)  
What about 'a' in 'a few moments'? Why can't use few moments?

Manoj said: (Jan 27, 2018)  
I agree with @Sourabh.

Durga said: (Jan 31, 2018)  
Anyone can explain clearly to get it?

Uma said: (Mar 14, 2018)  
'a' will be used before countable nouns (singular).

Eg: I bought a computer.
"AN " will be used before a vowel word like (optical, honest).
'THe' will be used for Pre-introduction.

Eg: I bought a computer. The computer has a keyboard.

Jahangir Alam said: (Oct 28, 2018)  
Few= nothing, but.

A few = some, so a few is the right answer.

Radha said: (Dec 16, 2018)  
Always plural for words follows by "a" irrespective of countable and noncountable form.

Shuvro said: (Mar 24, 2022)  
Here the few= not many but whole/ not many but all there are.

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