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A number of players on the team have improved since last season.

could some one explain how this sentence is correct?"number" is a collective noun and hence should be singular.Should'nt the sentence be: "A number....HAS improved.."?
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Re: number of players -simple querie. [#permalink] New post 28 Jun 2009, 20:06
tejal777 wrote:
A number of players on the team have improved since last season.

could some one explain how this sentence is correct?"number" is a collective noun and hence should be singular.Should'nt the sentence be: "A number....HAS improved.."?


Please remember these as thumb rules

The phrase 'A number' always takes a plural verb form

The Phrase 'The number of' always takes a singular verb from

..irrespective of singular or plural subject.
Re: number of players -simple querie.   [#permalink] 28 Jun 2009, 20:06
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