Synonyms of various in English:

various

adjective

Usage

various

In standard English, the word various is normally used as an adjective. It is best reserved for contexts indicating variety, rather than as a synonym for 'a number of.' In colloquial American speech, various is sometimes also used (as though it were a pronoun) followed by of , as in various of her friends had called —another way of saying some of or several of . This use is discouraged by some traditionalists, however, because various is properly an adjective, not a pronoun

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