“He had a really great run for a few years there in the late '90s.”
You're chatting with a friend about a baseball player. He's older now, but he was a good player for several years.
He had a really great run for a few years there in the late '90s.
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"A few" is a number that's not specific, but it usually means somewhere between 3-10. It's a little less formal than "several" and also sounds like a slightly lower number. Here are some examples:
You can use the phrase "have a good run" to describe something that goes well for a certain period of time. For example, you might use this phrase to talk about the weather:
A: It's so rainy!
B: Yeah, we had a good run of sunshine for a few days but I guess that's over now.
Or you can talk about something that a person accomplished:
I had a good run this week. I sold three houses in four days.
You can use "there" when you're talking about something that happened in the past:
Oh, I fell asleep for a minute there.
It was really tough for a few years there, but we're doing much better now.
Use "there" when something has changed from the past to now. Don't use it for a situation that's still continuing.
You can name a recent decade by calling it "the '60s", "the '80s", "the '90s", and so on.
Some people call the decade starting in the year 2000 "the aughts". "Aught" is a way of saying "zero". The decade starting in 2010 is "the teens".
You can also specify if something was at the beginning, middle, or end of the decade:
I used to live there in the late '70s.
I think that came out in the mid '90s.