Which of the following sentences is correct?
"Many a girls was appearing in the examination."
"Many a girl was appearing in the examination."
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The quick answer to the question is "Many a girl" is correct, and "Many a girls" is incorrect.
The fixed expression many a/an... is more formal than the single word many, and it is much less common. Many a/an... is used mainly in literary writing and newspapers. Like the adjective and pronoun many, many a/an... is used to indicate a large number of something. However, it takes a singular noun, which can be followed by a singular verb.
Here are some examples:
- It remained a mystery for many a year. [=for many years]
- I've been there many a time. [=many times]
- Many a politician has promised to make changes. [=many politicians have]
Source: Merrian-Webster Learner's Dictionary.