# What is the next number in sequence and why?

What is the next number in sequence and why?

7, 8, 5, 5, 3, 4, ...

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– JMP
Jul 21, 2016 at 9:45
• Probably best to google the question before posting ;-) Jul 21, 2016 at 14:13
• Yea this one was very easy to solve with a quick internet search of the numbers. Jul 21, 2016 at 15:48

The next number is:

4

Explanation:

The $n$-th term is the number of letters in the name of the $n-$th month of the English Calendar:
January=$7$, February=$8$, March=$5$, April=$5$, May=$3$, June=$4$, July=$4$ etc.

This looks like :

the number of letters in English words for months of year.
7, 8, 5, 5, 3, 4, 4, 6, 9, 7, 8, 8

• @Ankoganit beat you by 42 seconds. :P Jul 21, 2016 at 9:50
• @Mithrandir Yes, I shouldn't have spent time adding the link :p Jul 21, 2016 at 9:52
• oh, the things we do for perfectionism :P. I have on multiple occasions answered too slowly because I wanted my post to be 100% complete. Jul 21, 2016 at 12:00

The answer would be "any number you want it to be" since no domain, range, mapping, function, etc" is defined. I would think it possible to say the numbers represent the age of a person's nieces and nephews in the order of which ones live the farthest to closest away (in miles).