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    several

    Is “several” more than ten or less?

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    Re: several

    Quote Originally Posted by goingtocalifornia View Post
    Is “several” more than ten or less?
    There's no specific definition for "several". I would say that generally it would refer to anything above about three.

    I have several cats = this would clearly not mean I only have one or two but I would say this if I had three or more.

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    Re: several

    I'd start several at around half a dozen- some teach it as sev- as in seven, which seems about right.

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    Re: several

    Quote Originally Posted by goingtocalifornia View Post
    Is “several” more than ten or less?

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    Hello, California:


    (1) The posters have given us excellent answers.

    (2) I just wanted to most respectfully remind you that if you

    wish to speak perfect "book English," some strict teachers tell

    us to use "fewer" with count nouns.

    (At the supermarket. Tom is waiting in a long line.)


    Tom: Why are you standing in this line?

    Martha: Because I want to pay for my food items, of course.

    Tom: Oh, there's the express line over there:"Ten items or fewer."

    You don't have to wait in this long line with people who have 10

    items or more.

    Martha: Thank you so much.

    Tom: You're welcome. I guess your husband is waiting for you in

    the parking lot.

    Martha: I'm not married.

    Tom: Oh, really? I'm not married, either. After we check out, would you

    like to get a cup of coffee?


    Sincerely,


    James

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