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For example: I'll take "one or two friends" to a party. Or I'll take "one friend or two" to a party. Do these both mean the same? If so, which one is more common?

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  • You skipped the - in my view - much more interesting question, why does one phrase has a plural s while the other doesn't?
    – Mr Lister
    Aug 22, 2019 at 10:05

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They are the same! You can also use "a friend or two".

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  • IMO this is better (more common) than "one friend or two." Aug 22, 2019 at 10:49
  • 'One or two friends' and 'A friend or two' are idiomatic, 'One friend or two' is not. Aug 22, 2019 at 15:09

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