View Poll Results: The number of students ____ rising

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    595 73.73%
  • are

    201 24.91%
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Thread: Number

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    Re: Number

    I chose "is" of course because of "the number" as a singular reference, but can you explain why you can find for example these sentences:

    "if anybody phones tell THEM to phone later"...

    or what it worse for me

    "the author describes themselves as a fool"

    Both examples were taken from written English

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    Re: Number

    I also voted is, because the number is singular..

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    Re: Number

    Hello nicolas,

    The number of students IS rising.

    This is because "of students" is a prepositional phrase. It's a prepositional phrase because "of" is a preposition and it is followed by a noun. "Students" is the noun, and it is the object of the preposition "of." The prepositional phrase "of students" is modifying "number." Therefore it is simply a modifyer, and "number" is really the subject. And "number" is singular...

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    Re: Number

    A number of+ Plural noun + Plural Verb
    The number of + Plural noun + Singular Verb

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    Talking Re: Number

    the number + singular verb
    a number+ plural verb

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    Re: Number

    I dont quite understand this one . >_>

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    Re: Number

    I chose "is" because the number is rising, not the students :D
    So it's definitely is

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    Re: Number

    Just because here the important part of the subject is NUMBER and it is singular.
    And take a look at
    Translation rise in the English-Spanish Collins dictionary
    for the meaning and uses of RISE

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    Re: Number

    The number of Portuguese and Italians in Geneva IS (number is the subject because of the number) incredible.

    A number of Portuguese and Italians in Geneva SPEAK (the completion of the phrase a (indefinite article) number of is the subject: Portuguese and Italians) English well.

    The number of Portuguese and Italians in Geneva IS incredible.
    A number of Portuguese and Italians in Geneva SPEAK English well

    With the number of, number represents not only a precise figure albeit unstated it is also both the grammatical subject and the formal theme.

    With a number of, number does not represent a precise figure and therefore remains deliberately vague. Its completing noun after of becomes the theme and subject.

    A number of might be seen as synonymous for some and therefore will always be followed by a plural noun and the verb must be plural.

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    Re: Number

    The number of Portuguese and Italians in Geneva IS (number is the subject because of the number) incredible.

    A number of Portuguese and Italians in Geneva SPEAK (the completion of the phrase a (indefinite article) number of is the subject: Portuguese and Italians and this will always be plural because a number of is synonymous for some) English well.

    The number of Portuguese and Italians in Geneva IS incredible.
    A number of Portuguese and Italians in Geneva SPEAK English well

    With the number of, number represents not only a precise figure albeit unstated it is also both the grammatical subject and the formal theme.

    With a number of, number does not represent a precise figure and therefore remains deliberately vague. Its completing noun after of becomes the theme and subject.



    A number of might be seen as synonymous for some and therefore will always be followed by a plural noun and the verb must be plural.

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