What Are Their Main Differences?
'Numerous' refers to a large number; while 'several' refers to a small number. Actually, to be more clear, we have to say that 'numerous' is almost many, but 'several' means not many.
- 'Numerous' is used as:
- an adjective.
'Numerous' as an adjective is used to describe a noun and tell how large in number the noun is.
- 'Several' is used as:
- a *determiner
- a pronoun
- an *adjective
Determiners are used before nouns to define them. 'Several' as a determiner is used before plural countable nouns. As a pronoun, several is used alone with no nouns immediately following it. As an adjective, 'several' is used before nouns but it does not refer to a quantity. In this case, it means separate.
What Several and Numerous Mean
refers to a larger amount, such as 'many'; while 'several' refers to a smaller amount such as 'a few'.
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How Verbs Agree with Nouns
- 'Numerous' and 'several':
are followed by plural countable nouns. As a result, they are used with plural verbs. Remember, after all, they refer to a plural noun even if there is not a noun used after them. So, the verb is always plural with them.
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