Meaning of MANY in English


Frequency: The word is one of the 700 most common words in English.


You use ~ to indicate that you are talking about a large number of people or things.

I don’t think ~ people would argue with that...

Not ~ films are made in Finland...

Many holidaymakers had avoided the worst of the delays by consulting tourist offices...

Acting is definitely a young person’s profession in ~ ways.

? few

DET: DET pl-n, oft with brd-neg

Many is also a pronoun.

We stood up, thinking through the possibilities. There weren’t ~.

? few, some


Many is also a quantifier.

So, once we have cohabited, why do ~ of us feel the need to get married?...

It seems there are not very ~ of them left in the sea...

QUANT: QUANT of def-pl-n

Many is also an adjective.

Among his ~ hobbies was the breeding of fine horses...

The possibilities are ~.

ADJ: det ADJ, v-link ADJ


You use ~ in expressions such as ‘not ~’, ‘not very ~’, and ‘too ~’ when replying to questions about numbers of things or people.

‘How ~ of the songs that dealt with this theme became hit songs?’—‘Not very ~.’...

How ~ years is it since we’ve seen each other? Too ~, anyway.

ADV: ADV as reply


You use ~ followed by ‘a’ and a noun to emphasize that there are a lot of people or things involved in something.

Many a mother tries to act out her unrealized dreams through her daughter...

PREDET emphasis


You use ~ after ‘how’ to ask questions about numbers or quantities. You use ~ after ‘how’ in reported clauses to talk about numbers or quantities.

How ~ years have you been here?...

No-one knows how ~ people have been killed since the war began.

DET: how DET pl-n

Many is also a pronoun.

How ~ do you smoke a day?



You use ~ with ‘as’ when you are comparing numbers of things or people.

I’ve always entered as ~ photo competitions as I can...

We produced ten times as ~ tractors as the United States.

DET: as DET pl-n, usu as DET pl-n as cl/group

Many is also a pronoun.

Let the child try on as ~ as she likes.



You use ~ to mean ‘~ people’.

Iris Murdoch was regarded by ~ as a supremely good and serious writer.



The ~ means a large group of people, especially the ordinary people in society, considered as separate from a particular small group.

The printing press gave power to a few to change the world for the ~...

N-SING: the N


You use as ~ as before a number to suggest that it is surprisingly large.

As ~ as four and a half million people watched today’s parade.

PHRASE: PHR num emphasis


You use a good ~ or a great ~ to emphasize that you are referring to a large number of things or people.

We’ve both had a good ~ beers...

For a great ~ men and women, romance can be a most important part of marriage.

PHRASE: PHR pl-n emphasis


~ happy returns: see return

in so ~ words: see word

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