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    Question Many a year

    I know "for many a year" is used instead of "for many years," but is it fully correct? May it be used in academic writing without any fear of being criticized?

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    Re: Many a year

    Hi Nyggus

    Yes, that expression (many a year) is correct, but tends to sound more literary. It would be acceptable in academic writing -- just don't overdo it. In other words, using it again and again will seem odd.

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    Re: Many a year

    Quote Originally Posted by Philly View Post
    Hi Nyggus

    Yes, that expression (many a year) is correct, but tends to sound more literary. It would be acceptable in academic writing -- just don't overdo it. In other words, using it again and again will seem odd.
    Thanks, Philly. So I suppose similar expressions, like "many a time," would do as well? Of course, not overdone! What are other similar expressions? (I used plural though I was able to give only this one other example, "many a time.")

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    Re: Many a year

    Hi Nyggus

    Yes, "many a" can be used with numerous nouns:

    - many a day
    - many a time
    - many a man
    - many a noun
    - many a forum post

    Look at this BNC search for "many a". You'll find lots of different examples for the usage of "many a". http://sara.natcorp.ox.ac.uk/cgi-bin/saraWeb?qy=many+a

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    Re: Many a year

    Oh, indeed, thanks. [DAVIES] Variation in English Words and Phrases (VIEW) gives quite a nice list of examples as well.

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    Nyggus

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