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    I was taught at school, albeit some 50 years ago, that one should never use the words 'several different' in a sentence. The correct form was either 'several' OR 'different' but never the two words together. Whilst I have remembered this all down the years, on expounding this to a friend, I was asked 'why not' and have to admit I do not know the grammatical reason. Can anyone enlighten me, please ?

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    1) ... he believes that our alliance and relationship with Russia on several different issues are very important and that we need to...
    2) I have several different kinds: lights, sometimes uncontrollably yawning....
    3) I know he's done several different news conferences, press releases
    well, 3 out of 1220 entries, Corpus of Contemporary American English.

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    Re: Correct ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    I was taught at school, albeit some 50 years ago, that one should never use the words 'several different' in a sentence. The correct form was either 'several' OR 'different' but never the two words together. Whilst I have remembered this all down the years, on expounding this to a friend, I was asked 'why not' and have to admit I do not know the grammatical reason. Can anyone enlighten me, please ?
    Perhaps you were taught this because 'several' used to be used for 'different', as in: "They went their several ways". In this case, "They went their several different ways" would be a tautology.
    Since 'several' is used less in this context now, there shouldn't be a problem.
    Some rules are only applicable in certain cases, but students tend to remember them as absolutes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    I was taught at school, albeit some 50 years ago, that one should never use the words 'several different' in a sentence. The correct form was either 'several' OR 'different' but never the two words together. Whilst I have remembered this all down the years, on expounding this to a friend, I was asked 'why not' and have to admit I do not know the grammatical reason. Can anyone enlighten me, please ?
    You must have been mistaught on this thing, I reckon.

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