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Here is the sentence I got confused by combination of using 'a ' and 'many' together:
"There certainly can be nodoubt that a great many people who aren't chemists have to be familiar with the fundamentals of chemistry in order to do well in their chosen professions."
Does ' a great many people' here mean ' a great kind of many people'?
Thank you in advance for your information concerning with above question.
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In this case, "a great many people" just means "very many people."
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The suggestion is that not only chemists but many people in other professions will need to be familiar with the fundamentals of chemistry.
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sorry I am a bit late on this one Emotion: wink
Is this expression common? Could I write it in the Acknowledgments for a book: "a great many people have contributed ..."?
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Yes. That would be a perfectly natural use. "A great many people have contributed ...".

CJ