"In X, few had been to town Y. Even fewer aspired to go to town Z."
Are these two sentences together correct?
Few technically means a small number that could be as low as zero. Based on that, does "even fewer" in the second sentence makes sense?
@Araucaria : Exactly right. "few" is entirely different than "a few", which means a non-zero number. But when only "few" is used, it can communicate a very small number, if any. (so it can include zero).
@mitch, tromano, dusty, oldbag: In the first sentence above, "few" can mean zero. There is lot of solid literature behind it i think based on a quick search.
So, using "even fewer" in the second sentence then incorrect/correct; why?