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    I would like a few/some/several hamburgers

    Do the following conversations sound natural to native speakers of English?

    1.
    What would you like for lunch?
    I feel like some hamburgers.

    2.
    What would you like for lunch?
    I feel like a few hamburgers.

    3.
    What would you like for lunch?
    I feel like several hamburgers.

    What are the differences?

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    Re: I would like a few/some/several hamburgers

    Well, the first is quite okay, if you're very hungry, but the second and third are getting funnier and funnier. You see, we think of a hamburger as a significant and sizeable meal. Just one. So, asking for a few, or several, can seem comical. It's not like ordering a few nigiri. More like saying, I'd like five or ten tempura donburi.

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    Re: I would like a few/some/several hamburgers

    Quote Originally Posted by konungursvia View Post
    Well, the first is quite okay, if you're very hungry, but the second and third are getting funnier and funnier. You see, we think of a hamburger as a significant and sizeable meal. Just one. So, asking for a few, or several, can seem comical. It's not like ordering a few nigiri. More like saying, I'd like five or ten tempura donburi.
    Thank you. Why I asked this question is that a native speakers of English once told me that I would sound a big eater if I said, "I feel like some hamburgers." So I wondered if I should use "several" or "a few" instead. But it seems that native speakers of English do not take the words literally.

    "I would like a hamburber," sounds fine though I might eat more than one. What do you think?

    Unlike nigiri, hamburgers are countable. Therefore, I would say, "I'd like some pieces of nigiri."

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    Re: I would like a few/some/several hamburgers

    It's been my pleasure. I had guessed why you decided to ask.

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