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?

5 Answers

  • 1 decade ago
    Best 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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  • 1 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

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