quite a few


【 quite a few 】

there are quite a few geese たっぷりのガチョウ、という感じでした。
(写真はプロが撮った snow geese) *goose の複数形が geese

few は、ほんの少数、という意味ですが
quite a few になると、「たくさんの」という意味で使います。


quite a few

a large number

We watched quite a few of the World Cup matches on TV.

参照: http://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/quite+a+few

few の音がカタカナの「フ」にならないよう、
(Youtube を使った英会話スピーキング練習・今日は【V と F】)
■もう少し quite a few の例を見てみましょう

There were quite a few people at the concert last night.

There are quite a few games to play.

Do you need one?
No thank you, I have quite a few.
■ちょっとチャレンジ (英文サイトへのリンク)

“Many of you have probably spent quite a few hours this past winter
planning your summer vacation…”

“quite a few of the iPhones sold today are purchased by business users”
ビジネスユーザーにも iPhone は売れている…10個のうち4個はビジネスユースだったようです。
■今日は quite a few を紹介しました。

few は、ほんの少数、という意味ですから、
口語の “quite a few” 「たくさん」の表現を知らなかったころは、

bit も a bit で少しだけ、を表す言葉ですが、quite がついた
quite a bit も同様に、多くの、という意味になります。

Originally posted 2013-04-29 23:01:44. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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