# Several vs. Multiple

Several and multiple differ in the number they refer to. In this lesson we will learn all about them.

## What Are Their Main Differences?

'Multiple' is used for large quantities; while several refers to smaller quantities.

## Differences

### Grammatical Functions

• 'Multiple' is used as:

Multiple as an adjective is used only before nouns, and it means many or involving many things. Multiple as a noun means a number that contains a smaller number an exact number of times.

One hundred is a multiple of twenty. → noun

• 'Several' is used as:
1. a determiner
2. a pronoun

As a determiner, 'several' must be used before plural countable nouns. As a pronoun, 'several' is used alone without being followed by a noun. As an adjective, 'several' can be used after the verb 'be' and before nouns. And the point is that it means separate.

Several people went to the charity. → determiner

Several study in difficult conditions. → pronoun

They have several rooms, so the slumber party wouldn't bother her brother. → adjective

## Similarities

### What They Refer to

• 'Several' and 'multiple':

Both refer to quantities. You might ask what quantifiers are. The answer is quantifiers are the terms that refer to a quantity. The quantity can be a number or an amount.

The cat was loved by multiple pecks.

The lawyer submitted multiple copies of the evidence to the court.

After several minutes he finally answered my call.

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