I know 'little' is for uncountable nouns and 'people' is a countable noun. But, could it work as the noun 'hair'? When the quantity is way too big to be counted, it's considered uncountable, or does 'people' mantain it's countability no matter the quantity?

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Some nouns in English can be used both countably and not:

  • "He cut two hairs," vs. "He cut his hair."
  • "The waters of the Guainía merge with that of the Amazon, vs. "There is water in the glass."
  • "There are many fish in the lake," vs. "Trout and salmon are similar fishes."

However, people are always countable. Saying "very little people," in English, would imply the attendees were of rather short stature, perhaps as leprechauns.

It is just one of the many idiosyncrasies of English. sigh

  • ... so we have to say 'very few people'. Mar 14, 2021 at 8:32
  • @KateBunting, unless they are vertically challenged. Mar 14, 2021 at 17:03

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