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?

2. Re: several hundred

No. Several hundred would be 2-3.

3. 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

4. Re: several hundred

Originally Posted by SoothingDave
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.

5. Re: several hundred

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

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.

7. 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.

8. Re: several hundred

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

9. Re: several hundred

Originally Posted by Tdol
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.

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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