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English definition of “many”

many

determiner, pronoun     /ˈmen.i/
A1 used mainly in negative sentences and questions and with "too", "so", and "as" to mean "a large number of": I don't have many clothes. Not many people have heard of him. There aren't very many weekends between now and Christmas. Were there many cars on the road? How many students are there in each class? Many people would disagree with your ideas. Rachel was at the party with her many admirers. I've met him so many times and I still can't remember his name! There are too many people chasing too few jobs. If there are only five of us going to the concert, then I've booked one too many seats. If there were as many women as there are men in parliament, the situation would be very different. As many as (= the surprisingly large number of) 6,000 people may have been infected with the disease. There are already twelve bottles of wine, so if I buy as many again (= another twelve bottles) we'll have enough. A good/great many people who voted for her in the last election will not be doing so this time. She'd had five children in as many (= in the same number of) years and decided it was enough.Masses and large amounts of things Grammar:ManyWe use many to refer to a large number of something countable. We most commonly use it in questions and in negative sentences:See moreGrammar:Much, many, a lot of, lots of: quantifiersWe use the quantifiers much, many, a lot of, lots of to talk about quantities, amounts and degree. We can use them with a noun (as a determiner) or without a noun (as a pronoun).See moreGrammar:Much, many with a nounWe use much with singular uncountable nouns and many with plural nouns:See moreGrammar:A lot of, lots of with a nounWe use a lot of and lots of in informal styles. Lots of is more informal than a lot of. A lot of and lots of can both be used with plural countable nouns and with singular uncountable nouns for affirmatives, negatives, and questions:See moreGrammar:Much, many, a lot of, lots of: negative questionsWhen we use much and many in negative questions, we are usually expecting that a large quantity of something isn’t there. When we use a lot of and lots of in negative questions, we are usually expecting a large quantity of something.See moreGrammar:Much, many, a lot, lots: without a nounWe usually leave out the noun after much, many and a lot, lots when the noun is obvious:See moreGrammar:Much with comparative adjectives and adverbs: much older, much fasterWe can use much before comparative adjectives and adverbs to make a stronger comparison:See moreGrammar:Too much, too many and so much, so manySee moreGrammar:As much as, as many asWhen we want to make comparisons connected with quantity, we use as much as and as many as:See moreGrammar:Much, many and a lot of, lots of: typical errorsSee more
(Definition of many determinerpronoun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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