a couple of, a few, several?
I want to know exactly how many are "a couple of", "a few" and "several" in English. I have been using these phrases. But I still don't know exactly how many those phrases mean. Natives, please tell me.
Thank you, justinsbabe5000.
Does "a couple of" always mean 2? No case of meaning other number?
- 1 decade agoFavourite answer
"a couple" usually means 2
but in normal "american" talk, it normally means a few. a lot of the time, in my experience, it's around 10 or under, depending on what the subject is
ex) A couple of friends are coming over.
The person could be saying literally 2, or if they're like what I just said, its somewhere under 10.
"a couple" "A few" and "several"
it's like small, medium, large for me :}
I tend to use a couple for a few things around 10 or under
a few around 10-20
and several for.. around 15 or more.
Kinda weird, but they've changed over the years.
- 4 years ago
Couple=2 Few=not many Several=lots
- 1 decade ago
there really is no exact number. those phrases are used when someone doesnt want to say how much or when they just dont know.
a couple-very small amount
a few-middle amount
several-a pretty large amount
- 1 decade ago
a couple of means 2
a few means 3 or more
several means more than 5
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- woop wooopLv 41 decade ago
oh c'mon you don't have to be native to know how many you're talking about there is no exactly there are just approximate