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Forever
April 6th, 2010, 12:47 AM
What number value do you assign "couple" to? Adding to this, what do you associate "few" and "bunch" with? And if you can think of any other terms that relate, what do you associate them with?

We were discussing this on MSN. Zet said something hilarious but inappropriate.

I associate couple with 2, few with 3 and bunch with 5. :(

Yusshin
April 6th, 2010, 01:01 AM
A couple is two.
A few is four.
A bunch is more than five.
Many is more than ten.

curiousnathan
April 6th, 2010, 01:13 AM
Couple is Two.
Few is Three.
Bunch is Five.

But Three or more can also be classified as a 'collection.'

Timbjerr
April 6th, 2010, 06:20 AM
A teacher I had in elementary school actually defined several of these vague terms with numeric values, and they stick with me even today. o_0

couple = 2-3
few = 4-6
several = 7-9
a bunch = >10

Saltare.
April 6th, 2010, 07:01 AM
Couple is 2.
Few is 3.
Many is +5.

My teacher always taught that a couple was two because there is two people in a couple.

Esper
April 6th, 2010, 11:29 AM
A couple: 2
A few: 2-3
Some: 3-4 (or about 10%)
Several: 3+
A bunch: 6+
A lot: 8+
Many: 8+

Sammi
April 6th, 2010, 11:41 AM
For ages, I didn't get the hint that couple equaled two, so at my old job, this was often happen...
Guy: I want a couple of breadsticks.
Me: How many?
Guy: Two... ¬¬

These days, though, I always associate couple with two.

After that, words like few and bunch don't really have set numbers for me. They're the words I say when I don't have a set number, haha. ^^;; I do see them as smaller numbers, probably not more than ten -- at that point I'd probably go into many.

Melody
April 6th, 2010, 11:44 AM
A couple is 2
A few is 3-5
A bunch is 6+
A lot is 10-15
Many is 16+

Despite those values, I dont stick to them all the time, the range variant is usually 1-4

Mattysaurus
April 6th, 2010, 09:30 PM
Couple is two.
Few is three or so.
Bunch is five or above.
And several is seven.

I don't know why but that's how I see it.


Sorry for typos, I'm on my iPod.

Captain Hobo.
April 6th, 2010, 09:52 PM
A couples 2.
A few 3 - 5.
A bunch 5-15.

インフェルノの津波
April 6th, 2010, 10:02 PM
COUPLE: 2

Group: 3

Posse: 4

Bunch of people: 5+

That's it LOLXD

BHwolfgang
April 7th, 2010, 09:13 AM
I've never known that a couple equates to two.

... Hm... many is definitely more than six.

Cherrim
April 7th, 2010, 11:48 PM
Couple is two (because that's what the word literally means), a few is three, several is also three, and a bunch is nothing specific, for me.

Can't think of any others that have "definite" meanings for me.

mondays suck
April 8th, 2010, 10:27 AM
s]Few: 1-4
Several: 5-9
Pack: 10-19
Lots: 20-49
Horde: 50-99
Throng: 100-249
Swarm: 250-499
Zounds: 500-999
Legion: 1000+

Yes, I probably played a bit too much of Heroes of might and magic 3 :D[/s]
Seriously, since English is not my first language, I don't think in it. So I don't use such words a lot. In fact the most I ever used them was in that game, which makes a significant influence - as you can see above.