Often I confuse if the word "a" is necessary in the following situation:

1) Many a times, I've heard my friends saying that.....
2) Many times, I've heard my friends saying that.....

Are both the sentences correct? Or which one correct?

/Sameer
Full Member204
The first sentence isn't correct. You can't use 'a' in this phrase
there rae so many rules concerning this article but one thing which you should always keep in mind is that you can't use 'a' with the plural nouns
New Member32
Oops... I think this was already discussed in englishforums.com. Here is the link:
http://www.englishforums.com/English/UsageOfWords/djnnn/post.htm

/Sameer
i think 2nd is right...
New Member04
yeah, BUT THERE ARE 2 DIFFERENT MEANINGS
the second one is correct. we don't use "a" with times, we only use it when we talk about single. like a friend of me said that......
New Member06
Anonymous:
isn't it "a friend of mine"...and not "a friend of me"
Anonymous:
Anonymous: yup you're correct
Just to be clear, these are correct and synonymous:

1) Many a time, I've heard my friends saying that
2) Many times, I've heard my friends saying that

'Many a time' is rather old-fashioned nowadays.
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