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    Many a man and Much a water

    "Many a man take care of his children carefully."
    In this sentence, "Many a + Singular N" has the same meaning with "Many men".
    But I wonder if there is " much a + uncountable N" or not? Please give me the answer. Thanks.

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    Re: Many a man and Much a water

    Quote Originally Posted by Son Ho View Post
    "Many a man take care of his children carefully." No.
    In this sentence, "Many a + Singular N" has the same meaning with "Many men". No. You can say "Many a man" in many a sentence, but not in that one.
    But I wonder if there is " much a + uncountable N". No. Never. Please give me the answer. No. Never. Thanks. You're welcome.
    Your sample sentence is wrong. "Man" is singular. So to use "Many a man," it would have to say something like:

    - Many a man TAKES care . . . .
    - Many a man CAN take care . . . .
    - Many a man HAS TAKEN care . . . .
    - Many a man WILL take care . . . .

    What does "Many a man and much a water" mean?
    Last edited by Charlie Bernstein; 12-Jun-2016 at 11:41.
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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    Re: Many a man and Much a water

    "Water" is uncountable so it can take "much" but it can't take "a".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Many a man and Much a water

    Because "many + a" made me think of " much a" and wonder if there is " much a" or not. Now i get it. there is no " much a..." Thanks.

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    Re: Many a man and Much a water

    Quote Originally Posted by Son Ho View Post
    Because "Many + a" made me think of "much a" and I wondered if there is "much a" is used or not. Now I get it. there is no "Much a..." is not used. Thanks.
    Note my corrections above. Don't leave a space after opening quotation mark.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Many a man and Much a water

    You should get used to using the "Thank" button, Son Ho. That will prevent you from having to make a new post to thank people.

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