In some uses, you can use couple without of:
They are a couple.
It is a retreat for couples.
In others, you cannot:
I will list a couple of examples here.
She has a couple of books in her house.
Here’s the key: replace couple with pair, and see if you need of:
They are a pair.
NOT: They are a pair of.
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There are two ways in which you will typically hear this word being used, and one of them is wrong.
I’m well aware that as dictionaries continue their slide away from being a place you can go to find out how you should use some word, and toward simply being wikis of every conceivable way in
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The word “re” is not an abbreviation.
Nor is it an acronym or an initialization. It is simply a Latin word. Originally, it was almost invariably used in the phrase “in re,” meaning “in regard to.” From Wikipedia:
In re, Latin for "in the matter [of]", is a legal term used to indicate that
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