Many and many of are common quantifiers in English.
Many students prefer to use dictionaries on their phones.
Many of the students said that they preferred to use online dictionaries.
I got many birthday wishes on Facebook.
It has been years since I’ve met many of my friends on Facebook.
The rules below are also for some / some of, much / much of, and all / all of.
You can see that many of describes a specific part of a group, such as:
Many of the stores in the mall accept credit cards.
Many of her poems are about love.
On the other hand, many describes things in general, such as:
Many stores in America accept credit cards.
Many popular poems are about love.
Common errors are…
- Using many of for a general statement:
of children watch too much TV these days.
He has seen many
of horror movies.
- Not using an article or other quantifier for a specific group:
Many of ___ movies are too scary for children. (these)
The storm destroyed many of ___ houses in town. (the)
Errors often happen when …
- The writer is introducing new information.
Boston has many
of great seafood restaurants.
of people enjoy eating fresh seafood.
- The sentence includes a relative clause or superlative.
He has read many of the same books that I have.
Many of the most successful entrepreneurs experienced financial setbacks.
Editing: Always check that many of is followed by ‘the’ , a pronoun (his, us, their, …) or a determiner (these, those).
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