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    Hello,

    In the text below, what does "a good many" mean?

    He didn't seem to have any reaction today. He watched very carefully. Most of his family or a good many members of his family were there. I think I counted three sons, two of them in Navy uniform.

    This text was take from CORPUS.


    Please correct any errors I make. Thanks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dilermando View Post
    Hello,

    In the text below, what does "a good many" mean?

    He didn't seem to have any reaction today. He watched very carefully. Most of his family or a good many (= a fairly large number of) members of his family were there. I think I counted three sons, two of them in Navy uniform.

    This text was take from CORPUS.


    Please correct any errors I make. Thanks.

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    Re: a good many

    One more question related with "a good many". Is there some difference between the sentences below?

    Most of his family or a good many members of his family were there.

    Most of his family or many members of his family were there.


    Please correct any errors I make. Thanks.

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    Cool Re: a good many

    Quote Originally Posted by dilermando View Post
    One more question related with "a good many". Is there some difference between the sentences below?

    Most of his family or a good many members of his family were there.

    Most of his family or many members of his family were there.


    Please correct any errors I make. Thanks.
    Well, to be honest with you, there's not much difference; it's just saying many instead of a good many. Some might think, however, that a good many is less than many.

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