Here is the phrase which I am reading:

The only fully equipped centre of its kind, TANUVAS’ critical care unit has come to the rescue of many a pet
Source: A go-to place to save animals in their golden hour

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    Please consider adding the source of your sentence to your question. It might not be absolutely needed, but it's good practice anyway. Commented Mar 12, 2017 at 15:13
  • Hi @DamkerngT. this is the source thehindu.com/news/national/tamil-nadu/…
    – RAJA RAM
    Commented Mar 12, 2017 at 16:39
  • @DamkerngT. - You are absolutely right that it's a good practice, and sometimes it's downright necessary. Feel free the cite this meta post next time you leave such a helpful comment.
    – J.R.
    Commented Mar 12, 2017 at 17:52

2 Answers 2


Kind is a noun that is synonym of sort.

A group with similar characteristics, or a particular type. (Cambridge Dictionary online).

The sentence means that there is no other centre as well equipped as TANUVAS’ critical care unit. As it says further down in the article, it's "the best".

Of many a means "a lot of". "Many a" is archaic, you would not use it in everyday conversation.

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    *You would not use "many a" generally in regular conversation. English is all about flow, and sometimes somebody might use it (sounds like the OP's article is pretty modern). Also, if you wanted to be formal, you may use "many a" (more likely in writing than speech). Commented Mar 12, 2017 at 15:22
  • I don't talk to my friends the same way as I would their parents... I'm definitely less formal in some situations. I always thought it was colloquial? Yes, you are likely to find it in poetry, when you're scraping for that extra syllable! Commented Mar 12, 2017 at 15:28
  • +1 Though I wonder which the OP was confused by more, between of and many a in of many a pet. Commented Mar 12, 2017 at 15:50
  • @marcellothearcane "not" was missing in my comment... should read : I would not say "everyday conversation" is "formal speech". It is not written English either. You're more likely to find it in poetry. It is by no means colloquial, quite the opposite, a good answer on ELU about it.
    – None
    Commented Mar 13, 2017 at 8:07
Of its kind

This means, in this case, 'which can provide the service that it does'.

In general it means 'which has its particular or similar characteristics, attritubutes or facilities.


Of many a pet

This means 'of many pets'.

  • beat me by 8 seconds! This article explains the difference between 'many a' versus 'many' Commented Mar 12, 2017 at 15:17
  • Ha ha! They don't call me speedy Gonzalez.... at all actually 😕
    – Chris M
    Commented Mar 12, 2017 at 15:20

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