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The Old Swedish manger goes back to Old Saxon manag (German mancher) and Old English manig (English many). It has been used in various forms in Swedish, including mång and mångt.


mången c, månget n, många pl

  1. many a
    • 1848, Johan Ludvig Runeberg, Fänrik Ståls sägner
      mig vinkar från förflutna år / så mången vänlig stjärna
      to me wave from years past / so many a kind star
  2. many, many people
    Många vill ha senap på korven.
    Many want mustard on their hot dog.

Usage notes[edit]

  • This pronoun is also used as an adjective and noun.
  • Swedish dictionaries SAOB and SAOL don't connect this pronoun mången, månget, många (many) to the adjectives fler (more) and flest (most), even though most (non-linguist) native speakers of Swedish consider them as forms of the same adjective.

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