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The Number vs. A Number

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New post 10 Oct 2007, 10:43
People, please help me out here...



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.



thanks in advance

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New post 10 Oct 2007, 10:46
garyxb wrote:
People, please help me out here...



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.



thanks in advance


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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New post 10 Oct 2007, 11:19
A number... - some, many, thus followed by ARE

The number... - just the number( singular noun) thus followed by IS

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