saw the several boys

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    Senior Member
    English - America
    "I saw several boys" or "I saw many boys" would be more natural in contemporary English.
     

    Cagey

    post mod (English Only / Latin)
    English - US
    We generally don't use 'the' with several when it means 'some' or 'a few'.

    When we use 'the' with 'several', it usually means 'different' or 'various.'
    For an example of this use, see: the several States.
     
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