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What does "a couple" mean to you, as in "the package should arrive in a couple of day

  • "A couple" means two.

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  • "A couple" means several (maybe 3 or 4), not necessarily two.

    Votes: 43 26.1%
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What does "a couple" mean to you, as in "the package should arrive in a couple of days" or "you can have a couple of crackers before dinner"?
 

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2, a couple for sure is two.
 

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a couple means two, however when it comes to packages in the mail I assume it means 3-7.
 

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A couple is "approximately two", it might be 1 or 2 or 3. In my experience if someone means exactly two they say two, they say a couple when they are not sure.
 

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Grammatically, it should be a couple means 2 and 3-6 means a few. But I tend to say that for crackers n' such for 2-4 or so.
 

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I use it for 2-3 so no poll answer for me <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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two, but i would add a day for the day it's spoken.<br><br>
eg, if i bought a book from you, and you said it would be there in a couple of days, i would assume 3 days.<br><br>
we talk today.<br>
you mail it tomorrow morning<br>
post takes two days.<br>
i get it on the second day of post.<br><br>
but, in the case of crackers, couple means two, few means 3-5, and several is 6+.
 

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I didn't answer the poll. For me a couple means <i>two, maybe three</i>.<br><br>
I know that it is technically 2, and just two. But if someone meant 2 then they would say 2. If there was a little room for less or more they would say "a couple".
 

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Technically it means 2, but when people use it I assume they mean somewhere between 1 and 4.
 

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To me, it means the person thinks it will arrive in 2 days, but isn't 100% certain that will happen, it could be 2, or 3, or maybe 1 or 4. Like Limabean said, only with a greater chance of it being 2/3 days.
 

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technically 2 but I would mean 2 or 3 if I said or heard couple.
 

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2-3.
 

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OP, I'm dying to know what made you ask this! (I say a couple is 1 or 2, btw.)
 

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a couple = 2<br><br>
a few - 3-4
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/nod.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="nod"> It means I'm pretty sure it's two but I'm not positive it won't be three.
 

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A couple is two.
 

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A couple means 2 and a few means 3+.
 

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So if a couple is 2 and only 2, why not just say 2?????
 
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