How many is several?
By definition, several means three or more (but often less than many, which we will cover next.) So, if several party-goers out of a group of nine were intoxicated, several could correctly be translated as three or four. If five party-goers were intoxicated, that would usually be stated as most.
Does several mean 5?
Usually, several means about 3 – 5. When you have less than that, it would be better to say one, two, or a couple.
How many is several days?
Two is a “couple” and more than two or three is several. If you eat four donuts you can say you had several but you may have had too many — especially if you get a stomach-ache. Several is a word that shows size or number when you can’t be specific or when you want to summarize.
What qualifies as several?
Several, according to its dictionary definition means “more than two but not many”, so a few but not a couple. And some, according to the dictionary means “an unspecified amount or number”.
What is the meaning of several minutes?
Several is a word that shows size or number when you can’t be specific or when you want to summarize. In case the time estimated for a task is maximum of Two Minutes you can say “Couple of Minutes”.
Is many more than several?
A: “Several” is used to mean more than “some” but less than “many.” Again, there is no exact number. The dictionary says it means more than a few but not a great number.
How many is a few several?
She thinks “a few” refers to “maybe 2-3 items” while “several” refers to “maybe 3-6.” Her husband says “a few” is 4-7 items. Few is the opposite of many. It derives from words having the meaning of “small” and “little.” It is related to Latin paucus (little, few) and even puer (child/boy).
How do you use several?
Several is used to refer to an imprecise number of people or things that is not large but is greater than two.
- I had lived two doors away from this family for several years.
- Several blue plastic boxes under the window were filled with record albums.
- Several hundred students gathered on campus.
Why does several not mean seven?
Seven comes from one of the northern countries. You can see that in that seven in Norwegian is sju, in German its sieben, etc. Several on the other hand comes from latin. The word “seven” doesn’t come from the Germanic language group (Norwegian and German are both from this group, as is English).
How much is several hours?
So two or three hours means a few hours, and six, twelve or fifteen hours means several.
What’s the difference between a few and several?
Few means “not many but some,” as in “The train leaves in a few minutes,” and several denotes more than the words couple and few do but implies lesser than the word many does.
Does a few mean 3?
While many people would agree that “a few” means three or more, the actual dictionary definition of “a few” is, “not many but more than one.” So, “a few” cannot be one, but it can be as low as two.
What means several years?
Several usually means three of something. If someone says several years, they will usually be meaning around 3 years. If they say “a couple years” they mean around two years. Time is usually more flexible than saying several of an object though.
How many is a few days?
A “few” typically refers to the vicinity of 3 to 7 of something. A few days would be longer than a couple (two) but shorter than a week (seven). So the time duration could range from three to six days and still be classified as a few.