Several

'Several' is used to avoid using basic words. In this lesson, we will learn all about it.

How to use "Several" in English Grammar

'Several' can be used in many different texts and in different positions. So, it is important to know how and when to use it. Follow the lesson to know more.

Functions of 'Several'

1. 'Several' as a Determiner

Use

'Several' as a determiner modifies a plural noun and is used to indicate that there is a number of people or things that are more than two but not very many. For example:

I had several problems.

Several people knew where to go in the forest.

Position in a Sentence

'Several' as a determiner is used before nouns to describe them and it can act as a subject, an object, a subject complement, etc.

Several people knew where to go in the forest.

Here, 'several' is used before a noun acting as the subject.

I had several problems.

object

2. 'Several' as a Pronoun

Use

'Several' as a pronoun replaces the noun it refers to and it can take the role or the part of speech of the noun it refers to. As a pronoun, it indicates a number of people or things that are more than two but not many. For example:

Many people knew where to go in the forest, but several didn't.

Whereas he had many problems, I only had several.

Position in a Sentence

As we said earlier, 'several' can take the role of the noun it refers to that can be the object, the subject, etc.

Whereas he had many problems, I only had several.

object

Many people knew where to go in the forest, but several didn't.

subject

Several of the guests were dissatisfied with the party.

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