Its been a long several days

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grammarly objects to my use of 'a' with 'days' - I think its ok because in this case I'm using 'several days' in a singular form - not as a pural. I am referring to the several days together as a group, not referring to a string of several days.

Gramerians?

See example:

"A long several days to be sure…would you do that again, Miss Mercy Evans?
asked Feb 02 '12 at 12:03 Kirby Wadsworth New member

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Out of curiousity, does it work on Grammarly's software with the unwritten part "It has been..."?

link answered Feb 02 '12 at 15:06 Rik Kluessendorf Contributor

worth a try - Grammerly struggled with several issues of this type on my test run. (in fact it would probably object to that last sentence...;) Kirby WadsworthFeb 02 '12 at 19:44

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Semantically, it's our assumption that adjectives are by nature intersective; Saying "a small green ball" generally means that the ball is both small and green, and not something totally different. In other languages, there's also been evidence that the determiner and modifiers also take the number of the noun, as in "los manos rojos", but I'm not sure if this applies in English. I would just rely on your intuition here; if it sounds right, it usually is.

link comment answered Feb 02 '12 at 22:18 Anna New member

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