"A number of" VS "many"

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simonC.

New Member
Italian
Hello!

Is there any difference between the use of "a number of" and "many"?

Perhaps, I may say:

"A number of applications refer to the study of .... etc"

and

"Many applications refer to the study of ... ect"

Am I refering to the same concept in both cases?

Thanks!
Simon
 
  • latinquarternight

    Senior Member
    English - USA
    My personal opinion is that these two phrases have identical meanings.

    Some people might think that "many" implies more than "a number of," but I think that for most purposes, the two phrases are identical.

    Hope that helps!
     
    "A number of" can be a small number. I would think it is less than "many".

    We received 100 applications. Many of the applications were poorly written, and a number of them were not even typed.
     
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