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# The Number vs. A Number

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10 Oct 2007, 10:43

There are a number of ways to prepare pasta

or

There is a number of ways to prepare pasta

another one....

The number of cars on the street is outrageous.

or

The number of cars on the street are outrageous.

If you have any questions
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10 Oct 2007, 10:46
garyxb wrote:

There are a number of ways to prepare pasta

or

There is a number of ways to prepare pasta

another one....

The number of cars on the street is outrageous.

or

The number of cars on the street are outrageous.

There are a number of ways to prepare pasta

The number of cars on the street is outrageous.

just remember that "a number of.." is plural and "the number" is singular
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10 Oct 2007, 11:19
A number... - some, many, thus followed by ARE

The number... - just the number( singular noun) thus followed by IS
10 Oct 2007, 11:19
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