Im vorigen Abschnitt haben wir festgestellt, dass little und few vorwiegend in bejahenden Sätzen verwendet wird. In verneinenden Sätzen finden wir eher much und many. Diese Konstruktionen werden auch in der Umgangssprache bevorzugt.

Entsprechungen
little not much; hardly any
few not many; hardly any
Beispiele
I only have little money.
= I do not have much money.
= I hardly have any money.
They said only a little.
= They did not say much.
= They hardly said anything.
Few people like thunderstorms.
= Not many people like thunderstorms.
= Hardly anybody likes thunderstorms.
There were only a few apples in the basket.
= There were not many apples in the basket.
= There was hardly any apple in the basket.