Several vs. Multiple

Several and multiple differ in the number they refer to. Click here.

What Are Their Main Differences?

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

Differences

Grammatical Functions

  • 'Multiple' is used as:
  1. an adjective
  2. a noun

As an adjective, it means many or involving many things.

Having multiple duties made him confused. → adjective

As a noun, it 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
  3. an adjective

As a determiner, 'several' must be used before plural countable nouns.

Several people went to the charity. → determiner

As a pronoun, 'several' is used alone without being followed by a noun.

Several study in difficult conditions. → pronoun

As an adjective, 'several' can be used after the verb 'be' and before nouns.

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.

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