Or was he gratuitously padding out a line to fit the meter? Both many and many a convey the same meaning that is "a large number of". The only difference is that many is used with countable plural nouns followed by plural verb while many a is followed by a singular countable noun and takes a singular verb with it.
Likewise, what is the difference between much and many?
The choice between much and many depends on the noun it is describing. When using much, the noun will always be singular; it cannot be plural. Many is used to describe count nouns or nouns that can be counted like books, ideas, leaves, and shoes. When using many, the noun will always be plural.
Furthermore, are many or is many?
Use the word 'many' if the object is countable (no matter how larger the number) and treat the noun as a plural. "There are many creatures in the ocean." Use the word 'much' if the object is measurable but not countable and treat the noun as singular.
Where do we use a lot of?
A lot of, lots of with a noun We use a lot of and lots of in informal styles. Lots of is more informal than a lot of. A lot of and lots of can both be used with plural countable nouns and with singular uncountable nouns for affirmatives, negatives, and questions: We've got lots of things to do.
How many is too many or how many are too many?
I know it's correct to say 'How much is too much?' When we replace 'much' with 'many' to refer to something countable, which verb is correct in the sentence, 'is' or 'are'? How many are too many (but you will hear it the other way). One way to remember this is with the phrase "Many are called but few are chosen".