I think the reason the last version is incorrect is because the definition of the noun myriad is "an immense number", and we say "an immense number of different situations" not "an immense number different situations". If an actual figure is given then the "of" is omitted: "in a thousand different situations". But I would also say "in thousands of different situations" - which is very confusing. Can anyone clarify this?"This problem arises in a myriad of different situations" Correct
"This problem arises in myriad different situations" Correct (my preference)
"This problme arises in a myriad different situations" Incorrect
Please could you clarify for me:
"This problem arises in a myriad of different situations"
"This problem arises in myriad different situations"
"This problme arises in a myriad different situations"
Wihch of these (if any!) is correct?
This person is wrong. "... a myriad of ..." is correct.I was told today that "myriad" should be used the same way as "many"; in such a case, according with what I was told, "a myriad of" is incorrect. Example: Education accounts for a myriad of variables ...was the original sentence, but I was instructed to write: Education accounts for myriad variables... (this person told me that the mistake (a - of) is very common.[...]
This person is wrong. "... a myriad of ..." is correct.
Myriad can be either noun or adjective, as bibliolept said.
The OED fully supports this.
Here are some examples of myriad (noun).
1869 ‘M. TWAIN’ Innocents Abroad xxx. 321 Throw a stone into the water, and the myriad of tiny bubbles that are created flash out a brilliant glare like blue theatrical fires. 1940 V. K. ZWORYKIN & G. A. MORTON Television vi. 194 If the noise is appreciable compared with the picture signal, it appears in the reproduction as a myriad of constantly changing bright specks.
1961 B. JAMES Night of Kill (1963) ix. 104 The hour which, like a spade turning clods of earth, exposed to the day a myriad of busy creatures that had laid dormant in the quiet night.
1987 Observer 20 Sept. 46/4 A myriad of small, specialist software companies have also been spawned in the new ‘sunrise high-tech’ areas.
It seems to me that either way is correct. You could keep it your way or change it, as you wish.Thank you; I thought "a myriad of" was right, at least it is used this way. However, I still need to know if the "other" way is correct
Is "myriad variables ..." correct? (my question/worry is that I need to make the changes he suggested or at least argue, with information, that I am not changing the phrase I had in the original draft.
Thank you again
Yes, "myriad" is derived from the Greek word for 10,000 and can still mean that. However, I wouldn't count on it being so understood now unless I glossed it. Even the Greeks used their word to mean "numberless, countless" as well.One of the reference books on my desk (and now I need it, I can't find the right one) says that myriad was originally a specific figure (from memory, I think it's ten thousand), which is why people used to say "There are myriad reasons". Over the years, as that association has faded, it's passed into a grammatical grey area.
If I can track down a reference for that, I'll post back.