Jun 20th 2012

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Word Wednesday

Today’s quantifiable words-of-the-day: a few, a handful, several, a couple.

While ‘a few’, ‘a handful’, and ‘several’ can be used interchangeably, it is common for most people to use ‘a couple’ wrongly. Strictly speaking, ‘a couple’ refers to a quantity of two. So if you say you’ll be somewhere in a couple of minutes, it literally means you’ll be there in 2 minutes!

Nonetheless, ‘a couple’ has been used so frequently in a figurative manner than its meaning is somewhat diluted.

So as the diagram shows, ‘a couple’ actually means having a quantity of 2, but it can go up to a quantity of 5 and, hence, become interchangeable with the other quantifiable words.

Remember to use Ginger Grammar & Spell Checker when you use these words in your writing.

Have a wonderful Word Wednesday, everyone!

The Ginger Team

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