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Query Details


Query Subject:   "A couple" or "A couple of"?
Author:   Fitzsimmons Tom
Submitter Email:  click here to access email

Linguistic LingField(s):  Sociolinguistics
Subject Language(s):  English


Query:   I seem to notice that many people in North Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa and
maybe Wisconsin, say ''a couple'' rather than ''a couple of'' when
constructing a sentence like ''There are a couple of lines left to
finish.'' This would be rendered: ''There are a couple lines left to
finish.''

Tom Fitzsimmons.
LL Issue: 11.190
Date posted: 29-Jan-2000



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