Use of the word "couple" as an adjective


Is it correct to use the phrase "a couple of guys" versus "a couple guys"....I've noticed the latter being consistently  used in books I've been reading over the recent past. Thanks for your help

asked Jan 19 '13 at 19:51 Bill Gebing New member

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Traditionally, couple is a noun, meaning a group of two, or a verb meaning to join to things. It has become an informal adjective which is the use you are describing. I probably say it from time to time, but I wouldn't write it. Of course, I'm an old guy and averse to change by these whippersnappers, scalawags, and rapscallions who would sully the language.

link comment answered Jan 19 '13 at 20:17 Lewis Neidhardt Grammarly Fellow

I have noticed the same thing but I will always write "a couple of something" rather than "a couple something". The latter expression feels wrong to me but I am not sure that I can explain why it is wrong.

link comment answered Jan 14 at 18:12 G. Robinson New member

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