An odd structure

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An odd structure

Post by pdh0224 » Fri Oct 08, 2004 12:09 pm

Dear teacher,

I have seldom met a businessman who was not persuaded that inflation is produced by rising wages ― and rising wages, in turn, by strong labor unions ― and many a non-businessman is of the same mind.

Q : The structure of "many a non-....." is odd to me because the structure is "adjective(many) + article (a) + noun (non-bus..). Could you explain it?

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Post by Alan » Fri Oct 08, 2004 2:25 pm

'Many a' is a rather literary phrasal determiner, always followed by a singular noun, and equivalent to 'many' followed by a plural noun.

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