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    A couple of time

    What do they express by saying "a couple of years/time"...etc
    I've heard on the TV, they said :" a couple of time is 1.5 years", is it right?

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    Re: A couple of time

    "A couple (of)" usually means "2"

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    Re: A couple of time

    Usually 2, sometimes an uncounted small number, always a whole number more than 1 - so not 1.5. See also https://www.usingenglish.com/forum/a...employees.html



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    Re: A couple of time

    So, is a couple of sth is an count or uncountable noun?

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    Re: A couple of time

    Quote Originally Posted by Belly T View Post
    So, is a couple of sth is an count or uncountable noun?
    Usually uncountable. But you can say 'There were 6 couples at the party' or 'There were several couples on the dance floor'. (That is, when 'couple' refers to an item made up of two people, it can be countable).

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    Re: A couple of time

    So what if I say:
    " a couple of time has or have passed?

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    Re: A couple of time

    Quote Originally Posted by Belly T View Post
    So what if I say:
    " a couple of time has or have passed?
    Neither. There's no such expression. There are lots of other possibilities:
    a short time, a moment, two ticks (quite informal), a brace of shakes (very informal), not long, a little while, a short while, a few minutes...

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    Re: A couple of time

    Sorry, a couple of years has or have passed?

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    Re: A couple of time

    Quote Originally Posted by Belly T View Post
    Sorry, a couple of years has or have passed?
    I think, "have passed"

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    Re: A couple of time

    Quote Originally Posted by heidi95 View Post
    I think, "have passed"


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