Many a bottle of wine

behemot

Senior Member
Polish
Hi! I just came by a phrase "Many a bottle of wine got us through those days" and it sounds really awkward to me (I would say "many bottles of wine..."). Is it correct?
 
  • lingobingo

    Senior Member
    English - England
    It’s a lovely old idiom. Learn it. Maybe even use it, especially in writing. Don’t try to correct it! It’s famously used in these old proverbs:

    There’s many a slip ’twixt cup and lip.​
    Many a true word is spoken in jest.​
     

    velisarius

    Senior Member
    British English (Sussex)
    "Many a bottle of wine got us through those days".

    That seems to me to be an infelicitous use of "many a". Each bottle could not have got them through those days.

    Many a bottle of wine got us through a difficult day.:tick: Each individual bottle got us through one particular day.
    Many a bottle of wine was needed to get us through those days.:tick: A total of many bottles was needed...
     
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