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Is 4 a few or several?

Is 4 a few or several? [ed note: several=4 here]. Verdict: in common use, several is often more than a couple and a few, though it is sometimes the same as both and occasionally more than a few.

Are a few or is a few?

Few means « not many (people or things). » It is used to say that there are not a lot of people or things. A few means « some (people or things). » It is used to say that there are a small number of people or things. Below are some examples showing how each is used.

Can a few mean 4?

Some insisted “a few” meant three and only three. Some said it meant three or four. Or maybe more. The answer is that there is no hard-and-fast answer.

Is a few 3?

While many people would agree that « a few » means three or more, the actual dictionary definition of « a few » is, « not many but more than one. » So, « a few » cannot be one, but it can be as low as two.

Which is greater a few or several?

The number implied in the word few is “more than two,” Beyond that, trying to specify how many more is fruitless. … Several comes from a word meaning “existing apart.” Before it came to mean “more than one” (about 1530), it was used with the meanings “separate, various, diverse, different.”


What is the difference between few a few little and a little?

Difference Between Little and a Little

a few. The only difference is that we use few and a few with countable nouns in the plural form, and we use little and a little with uncountable nouns: We had little time to prepare before we had to go.

Is a few a negative word?

Few is a negative idea. It means ‘almost none‘. We can also use very few.

What’s the difference between little and a little?

Main Difference – Little vs. A Little. Little and a little are two quantifiers that are used with uncountable nouns. The main difference between little and a little is, little refers to hardly any or not much whereas a little refers to some or small enough.

What a few days mean?

A ‘few’ means (roughly) 3-10; not many: ‘a few days’ = ‘several days‘ ‘A few’ can be used for ‘two’ as well, but it isn’t usually more than 8-10. See a translation. redbengaltiger.

Can Couple mean a few?

A couple is usually two (a married couple), or sometimes ‘about two’ if you are being vague (a couple of dozen, a couple of inches). A few is more than a couple, but not as many as several. +1; definitely agree. I’d regard « a couple of <things> » as usually meaning « 2 or 3 <things> ».

What does a few minutes mean?

: have a short period of time available (for something) Give me a call when you have a few minutes/moments.

Is a few more than a couple?

A couple is usually two (a married couple), or sometimes ‘about two’ if you are being vague (a couple of dozen, a couple of inches). A few is more than a couple, but not as many as several.

What is more than a few?

“Several” is used to mean more than “some” but less than “many.” Again, there is no exact number. The dictionary says it means more than a few but not a great number. … “Many,” like the other words, has no exact number associated with it.

What does a few mean?

A small number of persons or things. This phrase can differ slightly from few used alone, which means “not many.” For example, The party was to end at eight, but a few stayed on indicates that a small number of guests remained, whereas The party began at eight, and few attended means that hardly any guests came.

How many is a few days?

A ‘couple’ means ‘two’: ‘a couple of days’ = ‘two days’ A ‘few’ means (roughly) 3-10; not many: ‘a few days’ = ‘several days’ ‘A few’ can be used for ‘two’ as well, but it isn’t usually more than 8-10.

How do you use few and little?

Little refers to non-countable nouns, and is used with the singular form to indicate that something exists only in a small amount or to a slight degree. Few refers to countable nouns, and is used with the plural form to indicate not many persons or things. For example: I’ve got little money left in my account.

Can you say a few money?

Countable nouns take a few. … Uncountable nouns take a little. Example: 3 money – a little money. Note: Of course you can count money – but then you would name the currency and say that you have got 3 euro (but not „3 money“).

Is a few positive?

‘A few’ is a positive term, which means that it can’t be used with a negative. “We don’t have a few apples left.” This is incorrect, since ‘don’t’ is short for ‘do not’, and ‘not’ is a negative. If the sentence means that there are no apples, then it would be more appropriate to use ‘any’.

What does a few mean?

A few means a small number. (“ I have fewer than you”/”they are few and far between”) Several, according to its dictionary definition means “more than two but not many”, so a few but not a couple. And some, according to the dictionary means “an unspecified amount or number”.

What does a few times a week mean?

For example, if i work out 5 times a week, then i might say « i work out several times a week », but if i work out only around 2 times a week, i would say « i work out a few times a week« 

What is a few weeks mean?

‘A few’ is basically a small number, more than two but not much more. If somebody tells me that something will be done in a few weeks and I trust them, I would take it to mean about 3 weeks, possibly 4 or 5 but not more than that. If they thought it would be about two weeks they’d have said ‘a couple of weeks’.

What does see you in a few mean?

a phrase indicating that the speaker will see the person spoken to within a few hours at the most. John: I’ll see you in a little while.

What does a few years mean?

To a twenty-year-old, a few years would be about 3. To an eighty-year-old, a few years could be 20 or more.

What does a few thousand mean?

It just means that the number is at least 3, but « small. » The reason why it wouldn’t be more than 10 in ‘a few thousand dollars’ is that the person specified thousands. If it was in the $10000 range, then they probably would have said ‘a few tens of thousands of dollars.

What are a few mean?

A small number of persons or things. This phrase can differ slightly from few used alone, which means “not many.” For example, The party was to end at eight, but a few stayed on indicates that a small number of guests remained, whereas The party began at eight, and few attended means that hardly any guests came.

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