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    Fill quantifier in the blank:........ a student has passed through these door.
    The answer is 'many'. Can somebody please explain why and what is the sentence's meaning? Thank you!

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    Are you sure the answer is 'many' and the sentence is right grammatically?

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    I'm not sure the sentence is grammatically correct, but I'm very sure the answer is 'many'. I've tried many other answers but when I end up with 'many', then 'Congratulation!'. I don't know if there is a mistake of the test maker so I want to ask you whether this sentence has meaning or not. Here is the link of the test:http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/gramm...quant_gap2.htm
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    Default Re: The sentence's meaning

    Yes, it means each of a large indefinite number of studens have passed through some doors.

    [I am not a teacher]

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    Quote Originally Posted by ha179 View Post
    Fill quantifier in the blank:........ a student has passed through these door.
    The answer is 'many'. Can somebody please explain why and what is the sentence's meaning? Thank you!
    It is a somewhat poetic use of "many."
    The correct sentence is:
    "Many a student has passed through these doors."

    I might use it upon my retirement as a teacher, reflecting on all those students who have come and gone. In that sense it is a bit nostalgic.

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    Default Re: The sentence's meaning

    I found the third meaning of 'many' in OALD7: many a (formal) used with singular noun and verb to mean 'a large number of': Many a good man has been destroyed by drink.. Now I understand.

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