"a great many troubles"

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Odessa Dawn

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"Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow. Worry empties today of its strength. That what happens when you worry. Mark [STRIKE]t[/STRIKE]Twain once said, 'I am an old man and have known a great many troubles, but most of them never happened.'"

The word "Troubles" is in a plural form. I want to know what the purpose of the indefinite article "a" is?

 
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'...a great many' is a fixed expression meaning 'a lot of' or 'a large number of'.

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