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Homework Help: english

Posted by rfvv on Wednesday, June 2, 2010 at 9:42pm.

1. You will be taller than her in a couple of years.

(What is the part of speech of 'than' here? Is 'in a couple of years' 'two years' or 'two, three, or four years'?)



English - Ms. Sue, Wednesday, June 2, 2010 at 5:50pm
"Than" is used as a conjunction.

A couple of years means about two years -- but it could be a little more or a little less.

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Thank you for help.

The use of 'a couple of' sometimes seems to be ambiguous if it sometimes means not "the exact two years".
What do you think about that? Would you give me a detailed explanation about that?

1. You will be taller than her in a couple of years.

2. He has a couple of books.
3. He has two books.
4. He has a few books.
5. He has a small number of books.

(Does #2 mean #3, 4,or 5?)

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