various vs several : Common Errors in English

About various vs several

Many people say “she heard from various of the committee members thatthey wanted to cancel the next meeting.” “Several of the committeemembers” would be better.

various Meaning(s)

  • (s) of many different kinds purposefully arranged but lacking any uniformity
  • (s) considered individually
  • (s) distinctly dissimilar or unlike
  • (s) having great diversity or variety

several Meaning(s)

  • (s) (used with count nouns) of an indefinite number more than 2 or 3 but not many
  • (s) considered individually
  • (s) distinct and individual

various in News

  1. Racing community reacts to Jason Leffler's death

    Having competed in various USAC and open-wheel races over for many years and having been in NASCAR since the 1999 season, Jason Leffler formed strong ties with those he raced against. It was not a surprise then, when shortly after the news of his death was announced , the outpouring of emotion expressed from those in the motorsports community was profound. Many reflected on the friendly ...
    on June 13, 2013 Source: SB Nation

  2. Gov. Scott appoints four Collier residents to various boards

    Gov. Rick Scott appointed four Collier residents to various boards Wednesday.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Naples Daily News

  3. Fitch Takes Various Rating Actions on Enhanced Municipal Bonds and TOBs

    Fitch Ratings has taken various conforming rating actions on enhanced municipal bonds and tender option bonds corresponding to actions taken on their associated enhancement
    on June 12, 2013 Source: Business Wire via Yahoo! Finance

several in News

  1. Several fire departments investigate structure fire near DeQuincy

    Several fire departments investigated a shed fire on La. 27 north of DeQuincy at around 12:30 a.m. Thursday.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: KPLC Lake Charles

  2. Several fire departments investigate house fire

    Several fire departments are working a house fire at 1071 Hwy 27 in DeQuincy.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: KPLC Lake Charles

  3. Several remain hospitalized after Ky. bus wreck

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Several people remain hospitalized a day after a bus carrying students on a college campus visit crashed on a Kentucky interstate.
    on June 12, 2013 Source: Associated Press via Yahoo! News

Lightning fast vocabulary building for SAT, ACT, GRE, GMAT and CAT