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July 31, 2016
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It just plain grates on my brain to hear or see "a couple ______". Come on. Using "of" is no formality -- it is just good basic sense.
"I went to the store and bought a couple apples."
Really? I know Gala apples, and Fuji apples . . . Never heard of Couple Apples -- and do you buy just one, I am unclear.
"I want to clear up a couple things."
Hm. I'm not your significant -- in fact, I hardly know you -- isn't it premature to start discussing "couple things"?
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