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1.I studied Latin a several years ago.

2.I studied Latin several years ago.

3.I studied Latin a few years ago.

4.I studied Latin few years ago.

My question is whether to write a several ago or several years ago.
Is it a few years ago or few years ago?
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#2 and #3 are correct - several year and a few years.

There were several people there - there were a few people there. - I see "several" as more than "a few."

(Note: There were few people there emphasizes how small the number is.)
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1.I studied Latin a several years ago. (wrong)

2.I studied Latin several years ago. (correct)

3.I studied Latin a few years ago. (correct)

4.I studied Latin few years ago. (wrong)

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I thank both of you for the replies
How about the words 'couple of years ago' as well as 'many years ago'?

5. I studied Latin a couple of years ago.
6. I studied Latin couple of years ago.

7. I studied Latin a many years ago.
8. I studied Latin many years ago.
A couple works like a few - so #5, but not #6.

Many works like several - so #8, but not #7.
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Let us specify the exact period.
I would like to use 4 years here.
7. I studied Latin a 4 years ago.
8. I studied Latin 4 years ago.
Which is the correct one?

How about thousands/millions here?
9.I hope I lived on Earth a thousands of years ago.
10. I hope I lived on Earth thousands of years ago.
It can be 10000 years or 1000000 years or many many millions of years. I mean the number is impossible to specify.
There is a bug in the forum software. I wrote one hundred thousand in figures. It got warped You just see one hundered and one hundred.
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I studied Latin a 4 years ago. incorrect

8. I studied Latin 4 years ago. correct

9.I hope I lived on Earth a thousands of years ago. incorrect

10. I hope I lived on Earth thousands of years ago. correct

Well, your use of 'hope' is also not correct. I think you mean 'wish'. A hope has to have a chance of coming true (however slim) but a wish can be completely unrealistic.