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Many A Friend & Many Friends

What is the difference in meaning between Many Friends and Many A Friend?

By Mrs. Chun Ley – Thailand – 2nd June 2007.

As far as the meaning is concerned, there is no difference.
Many a is mainly used in a literary context. It is best avoided in informal ones. Many on the other hand is used in both formal and informal contexts. The expression many a is always followed by a singular noun, the meaning however is plural.

Here are a few examples.

• Many girls were forced to drop out.
• Many a girl was forced to drop out.

• Many players are suspected of taking bribes.
• Many a player is suspected of taking bribes.

• Many men behave childishly.
• Many a man behaves childishly.
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