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    Question on "many" and "much"

    why this sentence is wrong if use "many" here : "There wasn't many person there."?


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    Re: Question on "many" and "much"

    Even if you had used "much", it would be wrong....

    Better but still odd:
    There weren't many persons at...


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    Re: Question on "many" and "much"

    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    why this sentence is wrong if use "many" here : "There wasn't many person there."?
    Many refers to number. There are many pencils on the table.
    Much refers to quantity. There is too much food for us to eat.

    Your example sentence has several errors. The use of many is correct ironically.

    There weren't many people there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Naamplao View Post
    Many refers to number. There are many pencils on the table.
    Much refers to quantity. There is too much food for us to eat.

    Your example sentence has several errors. The use of many is correct ironically.

    There weren't many people there.
    And what if I wanted to use the singular noun person, should it be:

    There wasn't many a person there.
    or maybe:
    There weren't many a person there.

    What does the subject-verb-agreement rule state in such cases?


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    Re: Question on "many" and "much"

    Quote Originally Posted by engee30 View Post
    And what if I wanted to use the singular noun person, should it be:

    There wasn't many a person there.
    or maybe:
    There weren't many a person there.

    What does the subject-verb-agreement rule state in such cases?
    If person was singular you would say: There wasn't a person there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Naamplao View Post
    If person was singular you would say: There wasn't a person there.
    I know that, Naamplao. The thing is, is it possible to say:

    There wasn't/weren't many a person (= not many people/persons) there?

    If so, what's the proper form of the verb that should be used then, wasn't or weren't?


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    Re: Question on "many" and "much"

    Quote Originally Posted by engee30 View Post
    I know that, Naamplao. The thing is, is it possible to say:

    There wasn't/weren't many a person (= not many people/persons) there?

    If so, what's the proper form of the verb that should be used then, wasn't or weren't?
    Ok let us use another example to get my point across.

    "There was many a day that I thought about her."

    Could I say this? sure!!

    Would I say this? Not if I didn't want to sound like some hick from the country who just came in for his monthly trip to the big city.


    Does that answer your question?

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    Re: Question on "many" and "much"

    That's exactly what I wanted to get - the verb is in the singular form then.
    But I didn't know it would sound like some hick, you know.
    Thanks.

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