We can read "few" as less than half here. Few can be a bit hard to define, but we have some more thoughts on imprecise quantity terms here.
Few is a term that is by it's nature imprecise. If I say that you can have a few dollars, I almost certainly mean some number less than 10. If I say a few people in New York have been sickened in a outbreak of a disease, I probably mean some number well over 10---otherwise, we'd be using a term to indicate higher rarity.
In any case, in this situation, if few show much originality, we can say that most are not original. Otherwise, if most ARE original, then we are saying more than half are original. Few would be inconsistent with more than half.
Hope that helps
jel2184 wrote:Hi Kelsey,
This is the few parts of the logic conditioning that screws me up. So if they say "Few of her abstract works...much originality" I took that to be "Abstract original" But you have said "Abstract not original" I did not know that we can make this assumption. Can you confirm?
So If it says few A's are B's, we can make the inference that Most A's are not B's?
"A not B