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adverb, determiner, predeterminer, pronoun     many pronunciation in American English
Word Forms
Many can be used in the following ways:
as a determiner (followed by a plural noun): It happened many years ago.How many children do you have?
as a pronoun: “Did he write any other books?” “Not many.” (followed by “of”): Many of you will be going on to college.
as a predeterminer (followed by the indefinite article “a” and a singular noun): We’ve played many a round of golf together.
as an adjective (after a word such as “the,” “his,” or “these,” and followed by a noun): He said goodbye to his many friends.
as a noun in the phrase the many: The few who behave badly spoil the enjoyment of the many.
  1. a large number of people, things, places, etc.

    Did you get many responses to your advertisement?

    I haven’t told many people that I am pregnant.

    I’ve been to their house many times.

    In many cases workers were being employed without a written contract.

    Dervla Murphy’s latest book describes her many adventures in Nepal.

    The news will bring joy to many.

    many of:

    Many of the world’s leading doctors have been trained here at the medical center.

    too many:

    There are too many rules and regulations.

    not very many (=only a few):

    Not very many companies can afford the high cost of introducing new technology.

    many a (=more than a few):

    No doubt she had many a tale to tell of the old days.

    so many:

    The scientists have been proven wrong so many times that people no longer believe them.

    a good many (=a fairly large number):

    We’ve lived here for a good many years.

    many many (=a very large number):

    It all happened many many years ago.

    a great many (=a very large number):

    He was asked a great many questions and answered them all.

    many hundreds/thousands/millions:

    Many thousands of animals died in the floods.

    1. a.

      the many

      the majority of people

      I don’t see why the many should suffer because of the few idiots who cause trouble.

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