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Language: Old English
Origin: manig

many

determiner, pronoun, adjective
     
man‧y S1 W1
1 a large number of people or things [≠ few; ↪ more, most, much]:
Many people have to use a car to travel to work.
I don't have many friends.
She has lived in Spain for many years.
Do you get many visitors?
Some of the houses have bathrooms but many do not.
His third novel is regarded by many (=a lot of people) as his best.
many of
Many of our staff work part-time.
There are plenty of bars, many of them serving excellent food.
There are so many things we disagree about.
Not many (=only a few) people can afford my services.
You've been reading too many romantic novels (=more than you should).
One job loss is one too many (=one more than is acceptable, needed etc).
the many people/things etc
We should like to thank the many people who have written to us offering their support.
many hundreds/thousands/millions
military equipment worth many millions of dollars
a great many/a good many/very many (=a very large number)
Most of the young men went off to the war, and a great many never came back.
It all happened a good many years ago.
2

how many

used to ask or talk about how large a number or quantity is:
How many sisters do you have?
I didn't know how many tickets to buy.
3

as many

a number that is equal to another number:
They say the people of Los Angeles speak 12 languages and teach just as many in the schools.
as many (...) as
Grandfather claimed to have as many medals as the general.
There weren't as many people at the meeting as we had hoped.
in as many days/weeks/games etc
A great trip! We visited five countries in as many days (=in five days).
twice/three times etc as many
The company now employs four times as many women as men.
4

as many as 50/1000 etc

used to emphasize how surprisingly large a number is:
As many as 10,000 civilians are thought to have fled the area.
5

many a something

formal

or

old-fashioned a large number of people or things:
Many a parent has had to go through this same painful process.
I've sat here many a time (=often) and wondered what happened to her.
6

many's the time/day etc (that/when)

old-fashioned used to say that a particular thing has happened often:
Many's the time we've had to borrow money in order to get through the month.
7

have had one too many

informal to be drunk:
Don't pay any attention to him - he's had one too many.
8

many thanks

written used especially in formal letters to thank someone for something
many thanks for
Many thanks for your letter of 17 March.
9

the many

formal a very large group of people, especially the public in general:
This war is another example of the few sacrificing their lives for the many.

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Many is used mainly in questions and negative sentences Were there many people at the party? There weren't many people at the party. In other sentences, phrases like a lot of and plenty of are used instead Slovakia has a lot of small towns (NOT Slovakia has many small towns). However, many can be used in formal English Many politicians expressed concern about the high level of defence spending.Many can also be used after too, so, and as There are too many mistakes in this work. I didn't realize I had so many friends. Bring as many people as you want.!! Do not use 'and' after many and before an adjective There are not many interesting Sunday newspapers (NOT There are not many and interesting Sunday newspapers).

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