various vs several :

various vs several

various or several

If you want to indicate large numbers of same or similar kind use "several". If you have varied kinds in the group with large number, use "various". Both are correct but need to be used in different context.

Various means having a diverse or broad range of entirely different elements.

"There are various types of fruits in the world."

Several means each particularly taken item, object, element, individual singly.

"We have several amusement locations in my city but the town's park stands as superior."

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  • s  of many different kinds purposefully arranged but lacking any uniformity
    his disguises are many and various
    various experiments have failed to disprove the theory
    cited various reasons for his behavior
  • s  considered individually
    the various reports all agreed
  • s  distinctly dissimilar or unlike
    animals as various as the jaguar and the cavy and the sloth
  • s  having great diversity or variety
    his various achievements are impressive

  • s  (used with count nouns) of an indefinite number more than 2 or 3 but not many
    several letters came in the mail
    several people were injured in the accident
  • s  considered individually
    specialists in their several fields
  • s  distinct and individual
    three several times
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