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English definition of “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:Grammar: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).Grammar:Much, many with a nounWe use much with singular uncountable nouns and many with plural nouns:Grammar: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:Grammar: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.Grammar: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:Grammar:Much with comparative adjectives and adverbs: much older, much fasterWe can use much before comparative adjectives and adverbs to make a stronger comparison:Grammar:Too much, too many and so much, so manyGrammar:As much as, as many asWhen we want to make comparisons connected with quantity, we use as much as and as many as:Grammar:Much, many and a lot of, lots of: typical errors
(Definition of many determinerpronoun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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