many a,“单数”的“许多”


【问】

I’ve told you many ____ time not to ride your bike on the pavement.

答案:a

问题:many后为什么用a? 

【答】

many a是固定搭配,意为“许多”,但形式是单数,做主语时,按“单数”搭配谓语动词,如:

  • Many a good man has been destroyed by drink. 许多好人都毁在了饮酒上。
  • Many a mother tries to act out her unrealized dreams through her daughter. 许多母亲都试图通过女儿实现她们未能实现的梦想。