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    a few/ a couple of days

    If I want to say "I will visit Australia after 3 to 9 days, is it correct to say "I will visit Australia in a few days"?

    When people say "a few/ a couple of days" how many days do they mean?

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    Re: a few/ a couple of days

    When people say 'in a few/a couple of days', we can't say how many days they mean — they may not even know themselves at that stage — but probably less than a week.

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    Re: a few/ a couple of days

    I will visit Australia in a few days.

    Does "in" mean "after" in the above sentence?

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    Re: a few/ a couple of days

    Yes.

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    Re: a few/ a couple of days

    Quote Originally Posted by Winwin2011 View Post
    If I want to say "I will visit Australia after 3 to 9 days, is it correct to say "I will visit Australia in a few days"?
    It's OK. 9 may be a high-end number for these phrases, but if your listener wants to know more precise information, they can ask.

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    Re: a few/ a couple of days

    I think 'several days' is possible, assuming the OP is thinking about “幾 in their native language.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: a few/ a couple of days

    The problem with that, Matthew. is that native speakers are unlikely to say 'I will visit Australia in several days'.

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    Re: a few/ a couple of days

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    The problem with that, Matthew. is that native speakers are unlikely to say 'I will visit Australia in several days'.
    We can say "I will visit Australia for several days" and " I Visited Australia several days ago". Why are native speakers unlikely to say "in several days"? I would like to explain it to kids. Please help.
    Last edited by Winwin2011; 01-Dec-2016 at 06:48.

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    Re: a few/ a couple of days

    How about 'after several days'?
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: a few/ a couple of days

    Quote Originally Posted by Winwin2011 View Post
    . Why are native speakers unlikely to say "in several days"?
    I can't think of a convincing reason. Perhaps another member will be able to come up with something.

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