The difference between "many" and "many a...." Η διαφορά μεταξύ των "many" και "many a και ενικός

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Many a/an...singular noun (και ενικός) = Πολλοί/ες/α


  • The fixed expression many a/an... is more formal than the single word many, and it is much less common. 

 Many a/an... is used mainly in literary writing and newspapers. 

Like the adjective and pronoun many discussed above, many a/an... is used to indicate a large number of something. 
However, it takes a singular noun, which can be followed by a singular verb
Here are some examples:

  1.     It remained a mystery for many a year.  [=for many years]
  2.     I've been there many a time.  [=many times]
  3.     Many a politician has promised to make changes. [Politician and has are singular.]
  •  Many

The word many has two common functions:

A) It is often used as an adjective that describes a plural noun and tells us that there is a large number of that noun, as in these examples:

  •     She worked hard for many years.
  •     They were one of the many, many families that came to watch the parade.

B) Many is also commonly used as a pronoun, to mean “many people or things,” as in these examples:

  •     Some people will come to the meeting, but many [=many people] will not.
  •     We were hoping to sell our old books, but many [=many books] were not in good condition.
  •     I know some of the people here, but not very many.

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