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    many a teacher vs many teachers

    One much talked-about educational theorist in the Rogersian tradition is the well-known Brazilian educator Paolo Freire (1970), whose seminal work, Pedagogy of the Opressed, has inspired many a teacher to consider the importance of the empowerment of students in classrooms.
    I've seen this kind of construction before so I know it's not a grammatical mistake or a typo on the publisher's part. (Besides, I'm not proficient enough to point out mistakes made by publishers) But I don't know why the author chose to use 'many a teacher' as opposed to 'many teachers'. Can anyone provide an explanation for this?


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    Re: many a teacher vs many teachers

    Quote Originally Posted by HaraKiriBlade View Post
    I've seen this kind of construction before so I know it's not a grammatical mistake or a typo on the publisher's part. (Besides, I'm not proficient enough to point out mistakes made by publishers) But I don't know why the author chose to use 'many a teacher' as opposed to 'many teachers'. Can anyone provide an explanation for this?
    Both mean the same thing...

    many a teacher is a rather old way of writing and not used much any more.

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