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Number - Singular or Plural

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The number of toxins in the world's five oceans is increasing even more rapidly than even the most concerned researchers predicted.

^number is singular here

A number of my friends are going the movies.

^number is plural


I know that notional agreements exist here, however why is "number" plural in the 2nd sentence even though it is uncountable.
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jzqmah wrote:
The number of toxins in the world's five oceans is increasing even more rapidly than even the most concerned researchers predicted.

^number is singular here

A number of my friends are going the movies.

^number is plural


I know that notional agreements exist here, however why is "number" plural in the 2nd sentence even though it is uncountable.


Just remember, "The Number" is considered SINGULAR & "A Number" is considered PLURAL,
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