Many are the + NOUN + RELATIVE CLAUSE

C2 point 117 in PRONOUNS/quantity is defined as:

complex noun phrases using an inverted form ‘Many’ + ‘are’ + noun phrase, followed by a relative clause, as a focusing device.


FOR EXAMPLE:

  NBC News
Covid is having a devastating impact on children — and the vaccine won’t fix everything
and many are the children of immigrants who don’t speak English.
15 Dec 2020

*We can’t find much meaningful data in corpora for this rare grammar structure because of the length of allowed searches.

The most we can find in the iWeb corpus is:

1 . MANY ARE THE TIMES 23
2 . MANY ARE THE AFFLICTIONS 12
3 . MANY ARE THE RESULT 11

 

Here are two examples from COCA:

  • Many are the times that I have sat in abject pain with a purple face just to see our boys through.
  • Many are the reasons which may induce believers to seek it…

*This is a type of literary inversion of the normal order of the elements of a sentence.  Usually, we would write:

I have sat in pain many times.  

or

There are many times that I sat in pain.