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    Many

    Many people enjoyed the picnic.

    What part of speech is "many"? Thank you.

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    Re: Many

    It could be considered as an adjective, determiner, determinative, quantifier, or probably several other labels, depending on which school of grammar you follow.
    Last edited by Piscean; 16-Apr-2020 at 08:16. Reason: typo
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    Re: Many

    It's a determiner.

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    Re: Many

    Quote Originally Posted by Luckysquirty View Post
    Many people enjoyed the picnic.

    What part of speech is "many"? Thank you.
    There's no question that it is a quantificational expression best called a 'determinative', or by some a 'determiner', the difference being one of class vs function.

    Dictionaries use the term 'determiner' for the word class, while not (understandably) talking of its function (https://www.lexico.com/definition/many)

    Personally, I prefer the term 'determinative' for the class and 'determiner' for the function, but that's another story!

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    Re: Many

    Quote Originally Posted by PaulMatthews View Post
    There's no question that it is a quantificational expression best called a 'determinative', or by some a 'determiner', the difference being one of class vs function.

    Dictionaries use the term 'determiner' for the word class, while not (understandably) talking of its function (https://www.lexico.com/definition/many)

    Personally, I prefer the term 'determinative' for the class and 'determiner' for the function, but that's another story!
    Yes, I like that distinction very much. I'll try to remember to use it from now on.

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