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    Default Many a man ?

    Hi,
    Can "many a man" refer to both male and female people ?
    Are there expressions like "many a woman", "many a boy", "many a girl", "many a house"...?
    I have the sentence "Many a man has lost his life in the attempt".
    Can I replace "Many a man has" by "Many people have" without changing the meaning ?
    Why can we use "his" here ?
    Maybe I doesn't express my questions well.
    Please!
    Thank you very much !

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    Default Re: Many a man ?

    Quote Originally Posted by crazYgeeK View Post
    Hi,
    Can "many a man" refer to both male and female people ? No.
    Are there expressions like "many a woman", "many a boy", "many a girl", "many a house"...? Yes.
    I have the sentence "Many a man has lost his life in the attempt".
    Can I replace "Many a man has" by "Many people have" without changing the meaning ? Yes, but you have to continue '...lost their lives...'
    Thank you very much !
    Rover

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    Default Re: Many a man ?

    Quote Originally Posted by crazYgeeK View Post
    Hi,
    Can "many a man" refer to both male and female people ?
    Are there expressions like "many a woman", "many a boy", "many a girl", "many a house"...?
    I have the sentence "Many a man has lost his life in the attempt".
    Can I replace "Many a man has" by "Many people have" without changing the meaning ?
    Why can we use "his" here ?
    Maybe I doesn't express my questions well.
    Please!
    Thank you very much !
    Yes, all these expressions do exist.'Many a' may be called a phrase in which the last word 'a' is defining.So it takes a singular verb and possessive. 'Many', 'a many' and 'a great many' are the expressions which take plural verb and possessive.
    Yes, you can change 'many a man has' to 'many men have' without changing the meaning

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