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Autor:  Lilia Brik
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Data:  05/ABR/2007 2:42 PM
Assunto:  a couple of
 
Mensagem:  Commenting on Tiago T's reply:

Maybe you get this feeling that "a couple" tends to mean two from an influence of Portuguese.

I believe "a couple of" will be more frequently used to mean "a few" than "two". But that's just an impression. I can't be sure of which usage is more frequent - that would mean a lot of corpus research. What I am sure is that "a couple of" is very often used to mean "a few".


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 English Made in Brazil -- English, Portuguese, & contrastive linguistics
a couple of  –  Eddie the Inquisitive  05/ABR/2007, 9:23 AM
a couple of  –  Johannes  05/ABR/2007, 11:14 AM
a couple of  –  Tiago T.  05/ABR/2007, 11:38 AM
 a couple of  –  Lilia Brik  05/ABR/2007, 2:42 PM
a couple of  –  Dale/CR  06/ABR/2007, 1:21 AM
a couple of  –  Estêvão  06/ABR/2007, 2:43 AM
a couple of  –  Dale/CR  06/ABR/2007, 12:24 PM

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