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Definition of Few, couple, and several

my wife and i are arguing about these definitions (meaning what numbers are used for what), and i want to know who is right, ha ha. so if anyone could put in your two bits, that would be great!

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    i think "several" is way different from both "few" and "couple," meaning many or a majority of things. like "pick up several of those rocks," implies to take a lot. a "few" and "couple" seem to be pretty similar though..couple relates to pairs or a small handful of rocks... lol sorry i'm using rocks as an example. few's smaller than couple i think.

    • Ben C6 years agoReport

      "Few is smaller that couple"??? No way, a couple means two, so you're say a few means one?

  • 1 decade ago

    Few-3-4

    Several-5 or more

    Couple-2

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    a few can be anywhere from 3 or 4 to 15 to 30 minutes number of apples etc,. It is an indefinite number to be resolved when the asker says it is over, a couple is 2, but may be 3 or 4, depending on where the asker went to school, several may be at least 3, but less than 10.In the long run, these are expressions of uncertainty wherein the person using the phrase has no idea of how much, or how many so it is used as an unambiguous detail saving excuse. Not every one will agree on a definitive answer, so basically all the terms are just a guess.

    Source(s): alton senior high school, siue, and jr. college.
  • 3 years ago

    Couple Definition

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    3 years ago

    Few Definition

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    4 years ago

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    Definition of Few, couple, and several

    my wife and i are arguing about these definitions (meaning what numbers are used for what), and i want to know who is right, ha ha. so if anyone could put in your two bits, that would be great!

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  • 1 decade ago

    I think few and several are subjective, always in the eye/opinion of the speaker. We hope that our family/mate speaks the same language and intuitively knows what we mean by "few," "a few" (which is more than "few"), and several. For me a couple may mean as many as three, but for people who are more literal, only two.

    Few and several: it depends I guess on how many you believe there SHOULD be. If you think a good number is seven, you might say several. But if you think there should be nineteen and there are only seven, you might say there are few.

  • 4 years ago

    A couple literally means two. A few means either literally three or roughly three or not many. Several means four to seven. Many means more than seven.

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