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# The Number vs. A Number

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Manager
Joined: 24 Jul 2007
Posts: 84
The Number vs. A Number [#permalink]

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10 Oct 2007, 11:43

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.

Director
Joined: 11 Jun 2007
Posts: 915
Re: The Number vs. A Number [#permalink]

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10 Oct 2007, 11:46
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
VP
Joined: 09 Jul 2007
Posts: 1100
Location: London

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10 Oct 2007, 12:19
A number... - some, many, thus followed by ARE

The number... - just the number( singular noun) thus followed by IS
10 Oct 2007, 12:19
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