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


 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.]

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:

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

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