many a child is hungry because the brewer is rich
quand les parents boivent, les enfants trinquent
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(=a lot of) beaucoup de
→ Many people have been killed.
→ Not many films are made in Finland.
The film has many special effects. Le film a beaucoup d'effets spéciaux., Le film a de nombreux effets spéciaux.
Were there many people at the concert? Est-ce qu'il y avait beaucoup de monde au concert?, Est-ce qu'il y avait beaucoup de gens au concert?
He hasn't got many friends. Il n'a pas beaucoup d'amis.
how many ... combien de ...
→ How many cigarettes do you smoke a day?
→ No-one knows how many people were killed.
How many euros do you get for £100? Combien d'euros a-t-on pour une livre?
very many beaucoup de
I haven't got very many CDs. Je n'ai pas beaucoup de CD.
a great many ... un grand nombre de ...
→ For a great many men and women, romance can be a most important part of marriage.
a problem for a great many women un problème pour un grand nombre de femmes
a good many ... un bon nombre de ...
→ he attracted a good many doctoral candidates from East Asia
so many ... autant de ...
I've never seen so many policemen. Je n'ai jamais vu autant de policiers.
too many ... trop de ...
too many difficulties trop de difficultés
She makes too many mistakes. Elle fait trop d'erreurs.
as many ... as autant de ... que
→ You can enter as many competitions as you want and can afford.
I entered as many photo competitions as I could. Je me suis inscrit à autant de concours de photos que j'ai pu.
twice as many ... deux fois plus de ...
We produce ten times as many tractors as the United States. Nous produisons dix fois plus de tracteurs que les Etats-Unis.
many a ... bien des ..., plus d'un (e) ...
→ This is the rock on which many a woman's career has smashed.
many a time plus d'une fois
→ That's happened many a time to me.
→ A few of the questions are easy, but many are rather difficult
Some find jobs, but many are forced to beg. Certains trouvent du travail mais beaucoup sont obligés de mendier.
not many pas beaucoup
→ We stood up, thinking through the possibilities. There weren't many.
how many? combien?
How many do you want? Combien en veux-tu?
many of beaucoup de
→ In many of these neighbourhoods people don't have telephones.
that's too many c'est trop
so many autant
I didn't know there would be so many. Je ne savais pas qu'il y en aurait autant.
as many as
(=up to) jusqu'à
→ As many as four million people watched the parade.
as many as ten thousand people jusqu'à dix mille personnes
as many as (+ clause)
→ Let the child try on as many as she likes.
as many as you want, as many as you like autant que vous voulez
as many as I could autant que j'ai pu
as many as possible autant que possible
twice as many deux fois plus
→ "Has he got more books than you?" -- "Twice as many."
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