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[ˈmeni]
(comparative more [mɔː] ; superlative most [məʊst] ) grammar word summary: Many can be: ■ a determiner: It happened many years ago. ■ a pronoun: ‘Did he write any other books?' ‘Not many.' ♦ Many of you will be going on to university. ■ an adjective: He said goodbye to his many friends.
1) a large number of people, things, places etc
I've been to their house many times.[/ex]
I haven't told many people that I am pregnant.[/ex]
Did you get many replies to your advertisement?[/ex]
Many of the world's leading doctors have been trained here.[/ex]
There are too many rules and regulations.[/ex]
He has so many books, he couldn't possibly read them all.[/ex]
Not very many companies can afford the high cost of introducing new technology.[/ex]
We've lived here for a good many years.[/ex]
2) used for asking or talking about the number of people, things etc that there are
How many students are taking the test?[/ex]
It's surprising how many different varieties of pasta there are.[/ex]
How many of you can remember your first day at school?[/ex]
They try to interview as many candidates as possible.[/ex]
as many as — used before a number for showing how large and surprising it is[/ex]
As many as 500,000 people may have become infected with the virus.[/ex]
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Many, a lot, and lots can be used for referring to a large number of things or people. ■ In ordinary spoken English many is mainly used in negative sentences and in questions. It is also used in positive sentences after ‘too', ‘so', or ‘as': We didn't sell many tickets. ♦ Were there many children in the audience? ♦ You're trying to do too many things at once. ■ In positive statements a lot of is usually used instead of many: A lot of people came. ■ In written English and in formal spoken English many is used in sentences of all types: Many disabled people use public transport. ■ In informal English, lots is often used instead of a lot of: Lots of people get divorced these days.

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  • Many — Ma ny, a. & pron. Note: [It has no variation to express degrees of comparison; more and most, which are used for the comparative and superlative degrees, are from a different root.] [OE. mani, moni, AS. manig, m[ae]nig, monig; akin to D. menig,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • many — [men′ē] adj. more, most [ME < OE manig, akin to Ger manch (OHG manag) < IE base * menegh , many, richly > Sans maghā , gift, OIr menicc, abundant] 1. consisting of some large, indefinite number (of persons or things); numerous 2.… …   English World dictionary

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  • Many — Ma ny, n. [AS. menigeo, menigo, menio, multitude; akin to G. menge, OHG. manag[=i], menig[=i], Goth. managei. See {Many}, a.] 1. The populace; the common people; the majority of people, or of a community. [1913 Webster] After him the rascal many… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • Many — may refer to: plural A quantifier that can be used with count nouns often preceded by as or too or so or that ; amounting to a large but indefinite number; many temptations ; a good many ; many directions ; more than a few, more than several… …   Wikipedia

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