We use a little with noncount nouns (to mean a small amount of) and a few with count nouns (to mean a small number of).
Similar to a few, a couple of and several are used only with count nouns. We use a couple of to mean a small indefinite number of something. Often a couple of means two of something. We use several to mean a small indefinite number of something, but fewer in number than many. In general, a couple of is less than a few, and a few is less than several (a couple of < a few < several).
Directions: Choose the best answer to fill in the blank. (10 problems)
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