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    Default many a candidate

    More interestingly still, it is reading of all things that has posed the biggest problems for many a candidate

    Is the part in bold correct and why or why not?
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    Exclamation Re: many a candidate

    Quote Originally Posted by pedro8686 View Post
    More interestingly still, it is reading of all things that has posed the biggest problems for many a candidate

    Is the part in bold correct and why or why not?
    Thanks
    It is correct, meaning a large number of candidates.
    “Many a” is often used as an adjective to describe an indefinite large number.

    A few more examples:
    I've told you many a time not to ride your bike on the pavement. (many a time=many times)
    Many a true word is spoken in jest. (Saying; many good things)
    There's many a slip twixt(between) cup and lip. (Saying; to emphasize that many bad things might happen before something is completed)

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    Default Re: many a candidate

    Using 'many a <noun>' to mean 'many <nouns>' can be extended to an even more odd-seeming expression: 'many's the <noun>' - example 'He may look small, but don't be fooled by his size - many's the man who's challenged him to a fight and regretted it' [=many men have....]

    You can do something similar with "few": 'Few are the days when I don't think of her' But this is quite formal - more so than "many a".

    With 'time' (but few other nouns, if any ) you can increase the emphasis of 'many a time' by using the expression 'time and time again': 'I've told you time and time again, but you never listen.'

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    Last edited by BobK; 26-Aug-2009 at 12:40. Reason: Expanded first example

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