Would you please explain the meaning of the phrase many a?
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Many a means the same thing as many. The only difference is that many a is considered to be somewhat literary. Unlike many which is always followed by a plural noun, many a is always followed by a singular noun.
Here are a few examples.
• Many a student was absent today.
• Many students were absent today.
• Many fans were disappointed that the star didn't show up.
• Many a fan was disappointed that the star didn't show up.
• Rita, I have told you many a time not to keep your stuff in my cupboard.
• Rita, I have told you many times not to keep your stuff in my cupboard.
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