I wonder whether the following are equal in number:
a few students
a number of students
a small number of students
Thanks for responding to my question!
Yes, they are generally interchangeable, and have a similar meaning.
They all mean an imprecise quantity of students, typically a fairly small quantity - less than 50% - of some set of students. But exactly where on some scale of "zero – 50%" is impossible to say.
Sorry I can't be more precise.
Thank you so much! Paul!