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"a couple of", "a few" and "several" - Is my understanding correct? a couple of = 2 a few = 2~3 several = 3~4
Jan 14, 2011 5:21 AM
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A couple is definitely two. Several is more than two but otherwise not defined. A few is more than two but not many; again not very defined. For me 'a few' and 'several' are interchangeable bur 'several' is a bit more formal.
January 14, 2011
a couple = 2 a few = 3 - 5 several = more than 5 but less than 10 a bunch = more than 10 also, sometimes we say "I am going out with a group of friends" -- which can range from 5+ people.
January 14, 2011
something like that :P
January 14, 2011
No. several = a lot 数~ a couple = some いくつか a few/little = a bit more than a small amount
January 14, 2011
It seems that the definition of these words is quite personal. It perhaps depends on how precise the user of the word generally is in their speech. :/ If you check a dictionary, any definition will state that they are, by nature, indefinite words. Your understanding and use of them will not be misunderstood and will convey exactly what you intend. :-)
January 14, 2011
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