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    #1

    several hundred

    John: How much do you think you can get if you sell your mobile phone?
    Me: Several hundred dollars.

    Can I say " Several hundred dollars" if I want to say $300-900?

    What else can I say?
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    #2

    Re: several hundred

    No. Several hundred would be 2-3.

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    Re: several hundred

    I found something different.

    'Several
    1 a number of people or things that is more than two or three, but not many.'── quoted from http://www.macmillandictionary.com/d...ritish/several
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    #4

    Re: several hundred

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    No. Several hundred would be 2-3.
    Thanks Dave

    Do native speakers use a number to represent 300-900? For Chinese, we do.

    Hi Matthew

    I think you know what I mean.

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    #5

    Re: several hundred

    Yes, definitely, but I have never come across an English equivalent of it.
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    #6

    Re: several hundred

    I'd be okay with "several," but $900 is pushing it a little. We might say "It will cost as much as $900" or "It will cost up to $900" - or "It will cost as little as $300."

    We don't have a number that represents "$300 to $900." In fact, we don't have any numbers that represent ranges of numbers. To us, a number is just one number.

    If it were $900, we'd say something like "almost a thousand dollars." "Almost a grand" is common slange. I know people who call a hundred dollars "a buck." They'd say "nine bucks." It's also slang, but not used as widely.
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    Re: several hundred

    For me "a few hundred" would be $200-$400 or so.
    "Several hundred" would be higher, though there is overlap. Maybe $400-$700.

    It's hard to include such a big range. The upper end is three times the lower end.
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    #8

    Re: several hundred

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    No. Several hundred would be 2-3.
    Maybe it's a BrE difference, but several is higher than that for me.

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    #9

    Re: several hundred

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    Maybe it's a BrE difference, but several is higher than that for me.
    I don't think of two as a possible interpretation when I hear several. To me, several is somewhere between three and six or so, inclusive. It's an imprecise reference to a small number. Two is excluded because I'd say a couple, meaning two or three, if I wanted to include it.
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    #10

    Re: several hundred

    I certainly wouldn't use several for 9, that's for sure. No more than a handful.

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