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何本か重要な電話をかけ、...
He made several important phone calls and ...

As I puzzled about why phone calls might use the counter 本 (see this question) I wondered more generally about how to say several.

Is there a difference between "何 + counter + か" and "数 + counter"?

If you don't know what counter to use can you always just use いくつか instead?

I think I may be getting mixed up about which ones are used adjectively and which ones are used adverbially, or if they can be used both ways.

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    These are clearly 2 separate questions. – Mathieu Bouville Feb 9 at 16:19
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    I suppose your right. My primary question is about the grammar of several. The other part is a mere musing that got me thinking about it. Is it really worth making a separate question for it? – user3856370 Feb 9 at 16:31
  • I think so, yeah. Both good questions. – sazarando Feb 9 at 16:34
  • Okay. I've separated them. – user3856370 Feb 9 at 16:40
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    Related? (but may not be of much help..) japanese.stackexchange.com/a/54387/9831 – Chocolate Feb 9 at 16:43

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