How do you distinguish between "I have few plates" and "I have a few plates"? Can this sentence mean the latter, or only the former?
"I have few blue plates" can be translated as "Io ho pochi piatti azzurri"
"I have a few blue plates" can be translated as "Io ho un po' di piatti azzurri", "Io ho alcuni piatti azzurri" or "Io ho qualche piatto azzurro".
I was wondering why the last example has a single blue plate, and then I think that I read somewhere that 'qualche' has to be followed by a singular noun, even though it might translate to a plural one in English?
You are right. "Qualche" is always followed by a singular noun.
I have few light blue plates should be accepted here because that's what azzurri means. Azzurri does not mean blue.
I wrote " I have a few blue plates " and got it wrong. ???
How does Duo know I'm bad at Tribes :(