28/MAR/2014 12:23 PM
||"many a" how to use it?
I think so. To me it´s a bit formal, though.
Further comments on the subject are welcome.
|When we use 'many a man' the personal pronoun for the words is they or him as we are using 'many a man is,' not 'many a man are'|
|SOURCE OF QUESTION & DATE OF RESPONSE|
|Malaysia Mon, May 10, 1999|
|You're right to use the singular verb with "many a man." Use singular pronouns to go with the construction also: "Many a man has lost his life at sea." Burchfield describes this construction as "notionally plural" but singular in usage.|
Authority: The New Fowler's Modern English Usage edited by R.W. Burchfield. Clarendon Press: Oxford, England. 1996.
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