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Posted: Saturday, April 25, 2015 4:43:20 AM
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There is rarely people

There is a few people

As a native speaker, do you fell or distinguish any difference- or, subtle difference semantically- between the two?Think

If not, what exact alternative or exact synonym are for them?

Thanks in advance


Posted: Saturday, April 25, 2015 6:46:36 AM

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rarely=almost never
a few = small number of

Posted: Saturday, April 25, 2015 11:27:31 AM
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Karunadas has already pointed out the meaning of those words. I would like to mention the verb is refers to single 3rd person form; pronouns: she, he or it (when talking about said person or non human noun). Where as multiple people even if it is two (or more) that verb becomes are.

rare also means: uncommon

rarely also means: on rare occasions; infrequently or seldom

There are rarely people

There are few people

Michal, from Poland
Posted: Saturday, April 25, 2015 11:49:17 AM
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'There are a few people', if you want to write that there are small number of persons. If they are exeptional, then you can use 'rare'.
Posted: Saturday, April 25, 2015 1:32:52 PM

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The difference has been explained. One thing I would add is that the words in isolation mean nothing. They only have meaning when they are used to express something.

1) There are rarely people there.

That means that people being there is a rare, uncommon event. Most of the time there are no people there.
The opposite is:
There are often people there.

2)There are a few people in the room.
That means there are some people in the room. It will vary with context exactly what that means.
It does mean the number of people in the room is not high.
The opposite is:
There are many people in the room.

'There are rarely people' and 'there are a few people' are sentence fragments. If you look at them in isolation, not in a sentence with meaning, it makes it much harder to work out what they mean.
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