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  1. Many a teacher and many a student has attended the lecture.

  2. Many a teacher and many a student have attended the lecture.

Which one is correct? And why?

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Since in the sentence "Many a teacher has attended the lecture" the verb takes the singular form (please see here, meaning 3) it would be reasonable to assume that your latter sentence is correct because there are homogeneous subjects connected with the conjunction "and".

Perhaps, someone will correct me.

  • I also have the same thinking of you.Thanks for your answer. – Hương Lê Jul 20 '17 at 14:06
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Many a teacher is singular(syntactically)

Many a student is singular

Many a teacher and many a student are plural.( syntactically)

Many a student means many students semantically though.

So I think:

Many a teacher and many a student have attended the lecture is correct.

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First one is correct. Basically it means "Many times" a teacher and many a student has attended the lecture.

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Both are incorrect

Many teachers and students have attended the lecture.

Because for one / Singular Subject we use has. He, She, it and for two / plural subject we use has. They, We

In your example teachers , students and that too many so it should be have attended lectures.

  • Both can't incorrect – Hương Lê Jul 20 '17 at 14:09
  • Because they are in the test for gifted students – Hương Lê Jul 20 '17 at 14:10
  • I am sure who drafted the test paper is not competent. – user4084 Jul 21 '17 at 5:13

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