Q: a couple of minutes later とはどういう意味ですか?
A: 2 or 3 minutes later
Q: I know we come off as a couple of lady-killers

what is the meaning of "come off" and "a couple of"? とはどういう意味ですか?
A: "I know we look like some/two lady-killers."

"Do I come off as a rude person?" / "Do I seem like a rude person?" - come off is thhe impression you have on people.

"I know a couple of good places to visit!" / "I know some places we could visit." - couple of isn't a specific number but it's usually small
Q: couple time とはどういう意味ですか?
A: Yes you can use #CoupleTime on Instagram. That is exactly what it means.
Q: This couple admits that they fell in love with their partner over a shared love of a box set. とはどういう意味ですか?
A: No it means that they both like the same thing, so they have more in common
Q: only couple days away. とはどういう意味ですか?
A: Couple means 2, so "a couple days away" is, "around 2 days away" so the event will happen in (close to) 2 days


Q: a couple of を使った例文を教えて下さい。
A: my kids used to always come up to me and say can I have a couple of dollars. a couple of means a few
Q: couple of を使った例文を教えて下さい。
A: "a couple of" = a few, a small number, several. We usually use this when there are 2-5 things.

"There were a couple of birds in the tree" = there were several birds in the tree
"I listened to a couple of the songs" = I listened to several of the songs

We often remove the word "of" and just say "a couple ____."

"I saw a couple friends today" = I saw several friends today
"He ate a couple donuts" = he ate several donuts
Q: couple を使った例文を教えて下さい。
A: There are a couple of meanings to this word

One of them is a couple, boyfriend and girlfriend, two lovers, etc.

But the other definition of the word " couple" says it means two people or things, but many native speakers say that "a couple" can mean "several/a few". there are a couple of interpretations of "couple" ...

Q: a couple of~ を使った例文を教えて下さい。
A: 'You just need a couple of nice decorations here and there'
Q: couple of ... を使った例文を教えて下さい。
A: I'll give you a couple of example sentences. :)

How much does this cost? I've only got a couple of bucks.
There are a couple of clouds in the sky, but I don't think it'll rain.

("Couple" means "two," but when we say "a couple of," we usually mean AROUND two. It could be three, or two and a half, or only one; we're not sure.)


Q: That's the couple whose house my sister bought. と That's the couple who house my sister bought. はどう違いますか?
A: Whose - shows possessions, someone's object. For example
Whose bag is this?

Who - asking about the person, their name/identity.
For example: Who is that girl?
Therefore "That's the couple who house my sister bought" is incorrect
Q: She already has a couple of good wins. と She already has a couple of good wins under her belt. はどう違いますか?
A: there's not much of a difference. when you say, "under her belt" you're using an idiom that means "something she has already accomplished"
Q: a couple of days と about two days はどう違いますか?
A: That is true. When someone says "a few days" it means generally 2-5. But a person might also say "a couple of days" and not mean exactly 2. It can be a vague term.
Q: couple years ago と a couple of years ago と a few years ago はどう違いますか?
A: Usually yes. couple=2-3, few=4-6, several=7-10. But like I said, they are usually used loosely. What I mean is that if something happened to you 4 years ago, you could say 'a couple years ago'. They are not exact units of time so it's more of a feeling if that makes sense. Sorry if that is confusing lol
Q: a couple of days と a few days はどう違いますか?
A: A 'couple' means 'two': 'a couple of days' = 'two days'
A 'few' means (roughly) 3-10; not many: 'a few days' = 'several days'

'A few' can be used for 'two' as well, but it isn't usually more than 8-10.


Q: couple は 英語 (アメリカ) で何と言いますか?
A: QAの全文をご確認ください
Q: "Dull" and couple of sentences. please は 英語 (アメリカ) で何と言いますか?
A: no ... dull means lack of shine/light so if something is dull it means that it is just plain and boring or without colour
Q: the individual who is hanging out with couples but has no girlfriend? は 英語 (アメリカ) で何と言いますか?
A: Lol. 3rd wheel?
Q: スピード結婚(means that a couple marries a couple of months after they meet first time. It doesn't always mean 'a shotgun marriage). They may use their intuition) は 英語 (アメリカ) で何と言いますか?
A: Unfortunately, I don't think we have this sort of expression. You would just describe the situation; "They got married very quickly" とか "They got married only a few months after they first met"
Q: 身長差がちょうどいいよね。for a couple は 英語 (アメリカ) で何と言いますか?
A: Maybe "they're a good height for each other."


Q: It took me a couple of times to quit smoking. この表現は自然ですか?
A: I clicked the wrong button. It sounds good. I think "it took me a couple of tries" is a lot clearer though.
Q: Many couples badmouth one another behind their back. この表現は自然ですか?
A: The sentences sounds good the only thing is just to change "back" into "backs" as you are talking about 2 people so therefore back should be plural
Q: I am a couple of days shy to complete my homework. この表現は自然ですか?
A: I think instead of "to" it should be "of completing"
Q: Each of a couple paid their own costs この表現は自然ですか?
A: I'm unsure here how many people are paying. If it's two people on a date, "Each person paid their own costs." If it's 4 people on a double date, "Each couple paid their own costs."
Q: A couple of days ago I had an English test at school; one of the exercises was a "fill-the-blank" type.
The sentence was "By the year 2020 more people than ever ... (to move) to the cities".
I wrote "will have moved", but according to my teacher it can only be "will be moving".
The motivation given was that in this sentence "by the year 2020" means "during the 12 months of 2020". Wouldn't that have been expressed with "within the year 2020"?
Thanks in advance! :D
A: The teacher is wrong.

I am a native English speaker, English teacher, and qualified linguist, and I assure you that your teacher is wrong.

1. Both are potentially correct answers, in this situation I and many other native speaks will certainly say what you said.

2. By in this context means up until, not throughout, within or during