Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Cách dùng A few , A fair , A couple ..

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Chúng ta xem 1 ví dụ về cách dùng a few, a fair và couple:

"All I need is a few shirts, a couple of changes of underwear, one pair of pants, and my toiletry kit. That's about it."


a few (of something)

adj. more than one but indefinitely small in number

"A few" is a number that's not specific, but it usually means somewhere between 3-10. It's a little less formal than "several" and also sounds like a slightly lower number. Here are some examples:

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You may want to consider hiring a personal trainer for a few sessions.

That's a very generous offer. Um, let me think it over for a few days and get back to you.

a pair of pants

Even though pants are one single item of clothing, they have two leg parts. Because of this, we always say "pants" with an "-s" at the end, and if you want to count them, you call them "a pair":

Why do you have so many pairs of pants?

You also call these clothing items "a pair":

a pair of glasses

a pair of gloves

a pair of shorts

a pair of shoes

a pair of socks

All (someone) needs is (something)

Use this phrase to talk about doing something easily:

All you need is love.

All I need is two more days, and I promise I'll be able to pay you back.

All you need is a screwdriver and a pair of pliers.

a change of (clothes/pants/etc.)

A different set of clothes that you can change into is "a change of clothes":

Did you bring a change of clothes?

We also use the phrases:

a change of pants

a change of underwear

a change of socks

However, "a change a shirt" is uncommon.


a toiletry kit

"Toiletries" are items like toothbrushes, razors, deodorant, dental floss, soap, etc.

When people travel, they sometimes put all of their toiletries together in a small bag. This is known as a "toiletry kit".

Other examples of "kits" are:

  • a first aid kit
  • an emergency kit


That's about it.

When you're listing things, and you can't think of anything else to add to the list, finish with "That's about it."

A: ...some coffee, a loaf of bread... and some fruit, please.

B: Anything else?

A: No, that's about it.

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