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    Question many a time

    I've always wondered about the expression "many a time".
    If it's 'many' then why "a time" which is singular? Is there a grammatical rule explaining this phenomenon?

    Thanks in advance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alex1
    I've always wondered about the expression "many a time".
    If it's 'many' then why "a time" which is singular? Is there a grammatical rule explaining this phenomenon?

    Thanks in advance.
    Hi ;
    I asked this question once & some guys in this forum answered me ,
    here is their replies:<maybe it can help you>
    ""This is just one way we say this in English. It means the same as, "many times". It's a bit more literary than the usual form.It's a poetic and archaic form of the pharse .""
    hope it help you
    best wishes


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    Re: many a time

    Indeed, just like another similar expression: many a year

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