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    "a great many troubles"

    "Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow. Worry empties today of its strength. That what happens when you worry. Mark tTwain once said, 'I am an old man and have known a great many troubles, but most of them never happened.'"

    The word "Troubles" is in a plural form. I want to know what the purpose of the indefinite article "a" is?

    Last edited by Odessa Dawn; 21-Feb-2013 at 00:29. Reason: Capitalize the first letter - Twain not twain.

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    Re: "a great many troubles"

    '...a great many' is a fixed expression meaning 'a lot of' or 'a large number of'.


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