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If I say " a couple of girls are in the park", will that mean "two girls" or "some" girls are in the park? Please advsie.

LC
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at least two (but may be more than two)
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- a couple of : two or an indefinite small number of : FEW<a couple of days ago> <for a couple of centuries -- the fourth to the sixth -- I.M.Price> <I only had a couple of drinks>


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So a couple of somethig does not exactly mean two, does it? Please advsie.

BTW, when we say two people are a couple, must they be married to each other? Or, a couple can mean just a boy and a girl together?

LC
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a couple of .....usually means some, not necessary means two.

A couple can also means two who are in a relationship.
Yes, a couple can be any two people in a relationship.
Hi all,

I am a little bewildered;

Is it " a couple of girls are in the park"

or "a couple of girls is in the park"??
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It's a reasonable question, because "a couple" is singular. However, as it means (about) two, it can be considered as a number and the subject is "girls", which is plural. The English language is in fact not very clear about singular and plural and you can find a lot of bewildering examples.
Hello Mythical Lady,

Your question is:

Is it "a couple of girls are in the park"

or "a couple of girls is in the park"?

It should be "a couple of girls are in the park" because here 'couple' refers to two (British English) or a few (American English). For example, a couple of police officers were standing at the door.
Mythical Lady wrote: I am a little bewildered;

Is it " a couple of girls are in the park"

or "a couple of girls is in the park"??

It should be "a couple of girls are in the park" because a couple means two (Br Eng) or a few (US Eng).

For example, a couple of police officers have arrived.

This is similar to 'a number of'. You should say "A number of girls are in the park." Here 'a number of' means 'several'.

Yoong Liat
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