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Offline Victor

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"a couple of" or "a couple" ?
« on: June 16, 2009, 03:26:01 AM »
Lend me a couple of bucks   -- I always use this one

Lend me a couple bucks

Which is right ? Gramatically , I mean. The first sounds right when speaking but I've seen people use the second form at times...
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Re: "a couple of" or "a couple" ?
« Reply #1 on: June 16, 2009, 03:53:58 AM »
Hi, Victor.

I would say the first one is correct when it comes to grammar.
The second one you can use in speech within a story, as it gives more of a human personality to your character.
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Re: "a couple of" or "a couple" ?
« Reply #2 on: June 16, 2009, 04:00:20 AM »
I would say the first one Victor.

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Re: "a couple of" or "a couple" ?
« Reply #3 on: June 16, 2009, 04:42:09 PM »
Yup, 'a couple of' is right. But more and more you hear -- and read -- the other. Give it a generation or so . . .

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Re: "a couple of" or "a couple" ?
« Reply #4 on: June 17, 2009, 04:07:42 PM »
Depends on whether you are writing US or UK English.

Americans tend to say "A couple ..."

Brits say " A couple of ..."

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Re: "a couple of" or "a couple" ?
« Reply #5 on: June 17, 2009, 04:38:48 PM »
I think 'lend me a couple bucks' is an elision - the word 'of' is understood and therefore omitted. You could therefore argue that this is a more efficient use of language.

American English typically makes more use of elision than UK English. Another example would be 'What you gonna do?' where both 'are' and 'going to' are elided.

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Re: "a couple of" or "a couple" ?
« Reply #6 on: June 18, 2009, 03:49:10 AM »
Quote
Another example would be 'What you gonna do?' where both 'are' and 'going to' are elided.

Don't forget " I'ma"....a contraction of the already contracted "I'm gonna"...

Similarly we have,  a half hour vs half an hour....what's that story, anyone please ?

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Re: "a couple of" or "a couple" ?
« Reply #7 on: June 18, 2009, 04:16:34 AM »
I would say the first one Victor but here in Oz its "lend me a coupla bucks.  ;D ;D
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Re: "a couple of" or "a couple" ?
« Reply #8 on: June 18, 2009, 04:18:44 AM »
coupla bucks is everywhere....It's just a variation of "couple of" ,I guess, in the sense both sound the same
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Re: "a couple of" or "a couple" ?
« Reply #9 on: June 18, 2009, 01:07:59 PM »
yeh yeh blah de blah

are you gonna lend me the cash or wot