This is a line in a "poem", but I have changed two words to "game" and "play" with preserving the sentence exact structure.

Indeed, a game a few would play.

I have searched for this structure which would be (if it is written in general): [noun] + [quantifier] + [verb]. But found nothing similar.

Also, I want to know if it should take a certain punctuation mark between the noun and the quantifier. I think it may be a period as it appeared that there's no structure like that. However, it is only a small pause between the two.

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"Indeed, a game a few would play" sounds fine.

Remember that "a few" means a small, but noteworthy number, sometimes representing an undetermined number from a larger group.

"Few", without the indefinite article, is used to mean scarcely any.

  • "A game a few would play" then means that a small number of people would play it.

  • "A game few would play" would mean a game that not many people engaged in.

As written, I would not insert any pauses other than the comma after "indeed".

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    Thank you, Astralbee, for this informative answer! I want it to mean that there is actually some people who would do that but they are very few (like nearly 1 person out of 10000). May 10, 2019 at 13:05
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    @TasneemZH If you are trying to maximise the number even though it is small, say "a few". You would say "few" if you wanted to minimise it.
    – Astralbee
    May 10, 2019 at 13:07
  • I want to state a fact, so no, "few" wouldn't work. May 10, 2019 at 13:10

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