m asked in Education & ReferenceHomework Help · 1 month ago

Which one is correct?

-For several years.

-For a several years.

9 Answers

  • Anonymous
    3 weeks ago

    My answer is for several years

  • 4 weeks ago

    For several years!

  • 4 weeks ago

    -For several years.

  • 4 weeks ago

    For several years

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  • 1 month ago

    "for several years"

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    'For several years' is correct.  'A' can never introduce more than one of anything.

  • In these examples, "a" and "several" are both adjectives modifying the noun "years."

    The adjective "A" (or "an") is an indefinite article used to modify singular nouns, for instance:

    A dog = one dog = correct

    An apple = one apple = correct

    A years = ? = incorrect

    In contrast, "several" is an indefinite quantitative adjective for modifying plural nouns, for instance: 

    Several dogs = more than one dog = correct

    Several apples = more than one apple =correct

    Several years = more than one year = correct

    If you look at the noun in this phrase, "years," it is obviously a plural noun.  Therefore, the adjective "a,"  a modifier for singular nouns, would not be correct., so the correct phrase would be "For several years."

    Source(s): I'm a frustrated, would-be English teacher, lol.
  • David
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Delete the 'a' and they then will be both correct.

  • 1 month ago

    For several years.

    No "a". "For a several years" is not right. That is always wrong in terms of English grammar.

    You could say "For a number of years". That is OK, and also means the same thing as "For several years".

    English language is complex. Hey, I didn't invent it, I just speak it.

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