Several vs. Numerous

several and numerous are a little bit different.

What Are Their Main Differences?

'Numerous' refers to a large number; while 'several' refers to a small number.


Grammatical Functions

  • 'Numerous' is used as:
  1. an adjective.

There are numerous articles on HPV. → adjective

  • 'Several' is used as:
  1. a *determiner
  2. a pronoun
  3. an *adjective

I wrote several letters to John. → determiner

Several go for a walk everyday. → pronoun

What Several and Numerous Mean

  • 'Numerous':

refers to a larger amount, such as 'many'; while 'several' refers to a smaller amount such as 'a few'.


Using Plural Nouns

  • 'Numerous' and 'several':

are followed by plural countable nouns.

These artists wrote numerous books.

Several animals are going to be extinct.

Using plural Verbs

  • 'Numerous' and 'several':

are followed by plural verbs.

Numerous students are taking part in this event.

Several soldiers were killed in World War II.

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