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Numerous ones, as in Many a little boy has wanted to become a fireman. This adjective is always used with a singular noun, a usage dating from about 1200. Also see many is the.
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many a is a locution that is followed by a singular noun, which in turn takes a singular verb: Full many a flower is born to blush unseen … (Thomas Gray, Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard). See AGREEMENT.
many a. The Columbia Guide to Standard American English. 1993
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