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# A number of good reasons and A wealth of good reasons.

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Numerous vegetarians believe that there are, doubtlessly, a wealth of good reasons to stop eating meat.

A) vegetarians believe that there are, doubtlessly,
B) vegetarians believe that there are, undoubtedly,
C) vegans believe that there is, without a doubt,
D) vegetarians believe that there are, undeniably,
E) vegetarians believe that there is, without a doubt,

A number of good reasons is plural, as a number is the modifier of the subject good reasons.

But A wealth of good reasons is singular?

Doesn't the above rule apply here? Isn't wealth being used metaphorically to mean number of good reasons?

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You need “there is”, because the “is” agrees with “a wealth” in the expression “a wealth of good reasons”. Because “wealth” is followed by “reasons”, the test makers are trying to get us to select a plural verb. However, collective nouns, such as wealth, are always singular on the GMAT. For example, “the family is”, rather than “the family are”. In many varieties of general English, you can use either a plural or a singular verb after a collective noun, but not on the GMAT!
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01 Feb 2016, 11:39
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Please correct me if I am wrong :

A number of good reasons : It's not a collective noun, it's talking about a number of reasons.

A wealth of good reasons : A collection of good reasons. A collection, and hence singular?
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Found this on the net :

It can also be an indefinite pronoun meaning some. In this meaning (usually seen in the format a number of), it is plural.

Examples:

A number of factors are to be considered.
There are still a number of toads under the shed.

So, a number of/ a slew of are definitely not collections, but indefinite pronouns. Hence they are plural.
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Updated on: 02 Feb 2016, 10:54
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Found this on the net :

It can also be an indefinite pronoun meaning some. In this meaning (usually seen in the format a number of), it is plural.

Examples:

A number of factors are to be considered.
There are still a number of toads under the shed.

So, a number of/ a slew of are definitely not collections, but indefinite pronouns. Hence they are plural.

True.
The number - singular verb. (The number of accidents is decreasing).
A number - plural verb, since a number is a kind of idiomatic expression and means "some" or "many". (A number of students in this class are smart).

Originally posted by soloveva on 01 Feb 2016, 13:39.
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01 Feb 2016, 22:33
Exactly what I was looking for. Thanks.
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13 Aug 2016, 13:15
Numerous vegetarians believe that there are, doubtlessly, a wealth of good reasons to stop eating meat.

A) vegetarians believe that there are, doubtlessly, - a wealth is the subject, so the verb should be singular
B) vegetarians believe that there are, undoubtedly, - a wealth is the subject, so the verb should be singular
C) vegans believe that there is, without a doubt, - vegans and vegetarians are not the same,
D) vegetarians believe that there are, undeniably, - a wealth is the subject, so the verb should be singular
E) vegetarians believe that there is, without a doubt,

We are left with E and it maintains the SV agreement.
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A wealth of good reasons is to say that there are several good reasons, umpteen reasons, or many good reasons. It is essentially plural IMO. Therefore, there are at least three choices that use the plural verb are. The only issue is whether one would use, doubtlessly, undoubtedly or without a doubt. All the three adverbs mean almost the same thing except for shades of difference in their relative strength. I doubt, whether GMAT tests shades of difference in meaning, which is a vocabulary test.
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16 Aug 2016, 13:32
daagh wrote:
A wealth of good reasons is to say that there are several good reasons, umpteen reasons, or many good reasons. It is essentially plural IMO. Therefore, there are at least three choices that use the plural verb or. The only issue is whether one would use, doubtlessly, undoubtedly or without a doubt. All the three adverbs mean almost the same thing except for shades of difference in their relative strength. I doubt, whether GMAT tests shades of difference in meaning, which is a vocabulary test.

daagh: most respectfully, dont you think "of good reasons" is a prepositional phrase & hence the word "reasons"cannot be the subject? The subject should be wealth & it is considered singular.
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21 Aug 2016, 06:16
A wealth is singular, so singular "is" should be used.

I fell into the trap and choose B later realizing my mistake
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23 May 2017, 15:30
Why is "A Number" considered Plural, but "A wealth" considered singular?
I did not receive a concrete reply as to the crux of the problem. I did not consider the two phrases different (as they convey the same meaning ).
Is it because "A number" represents a part of a whole, while "a wealth" doesn't have a super-set?
If so, then is it a general rule to use a singular verb form for a collection without a super set and plural for a word which represents a sub-set?
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11 Dec 2017, 10:40
i think B should be the correct answer. it is a debatable question and we need more discussion and expert opinion.
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14 Dec 2017, 09:17
Numerous vegetarians believe that there are, doubtlessly, a wealth of good reasons to stop eating meat.

A) vegetarians believe that there are, doubtlessly,
B) vegetarians believe that there are, undoubtedly,
C) vegans believe that there is, without a doubt,
D) vegetarians believe that there are, undeniably,
E) vegetarians believe that there is, without a doubt,

I could eliminate A, B and D because a wealth is singular, I am stuck between C and E.
Are vegan and vegetarians different? I think they have same meaning. I am not a native English speaker. Please correct me if i am wrong.
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29 Jan 2018, 11:21
Nice question . " A wealth " singular. Took only 35 seconds to choose Option B . Indeed its E .
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29 Jan 2018, 18:50
imyuva wrote:
Numerous vegetarians believe that there are, doubtlessly, a wealth of good reasons to stop eating meat.

A) vegetarians believe that there are, doubtlessly,
B) vegetarians believe that there are, undoubtedly,
C) vegans believe that there is, without a doubt,
D) vegetarians believe that there are, undeniably,
E) vegetarians believe that there is, without a doubt,

I could eliminate A, B and D because a wealth is singular, I am stuck between C and E.
Are vegan and vegetarians different? I think they have same meaning. I am not a native English speaker. Please correct me if i am wrong.

imyuva

Yes they are different
Like vegetarians, vegans don't eat any animal flesh. But they also leave dairy foods, eggs, and any other animal-derived items off their plates and out of their lives. .
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