A couple of something vs A couple of more something

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A couple of something vs A couple of more something

Post by trungtran » Fri Dec 22, 2017 9:46 am

I have been learning about the expression “a couple of something” but I have noticed that people also use these two expression “a couple of more something” and “a couple more something” or even “a couple something”. So I wonder if all of these four expression have the same meaning or the word “more” in this context means “another two of something” or “a few more something”.

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Re: A couple of something vs A couple of more something

Post by Joe » Wed Dec 27, 2017 9:01 am

First of all, a "couple" means "two". But some people sloppily use a couple to mean a "few" (two, three, four).

I need a couple of pens. :ok:
I need a couple more pens. :ok: (I have some pens and I need two more.)
I need a couple pens. :nok:
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