View Poll Results: The number of students ____ rising

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    595 73.73%
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    201 24.91%
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    Default Re: Number

    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee View Post
    A think it's the marker the that makes the difference there. What do you think, Tdol?

    :D

    I think it's the lack of plurality of the word number. "The" is also our plural article.

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    Default Re: Number

    Subject -verb-agreement

    IS

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    Post Re: Number

    The number of cars is increasing fast : singular
    A number of cars are increasing fast : plural
    Numbers of cars are increasing fast : plural

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    Default Re: Number

    In 'the number of students' number is the headword (the main word) therefore the verb is singular. We're talking about the number (of whatever...)
    'a number of students' - 'students' is the headword, we're talking about students...

    I hope I've helped.

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    Default Re: Number

    I know, I'm a bit late to join the poll.

    The answer would be IS, because the Subject is a singular noun

    This is similar to the classic trick question :

    He is one of the scientists who ___ at the Institution. (work/works ?)

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    Default Re: Number

    i chose are becous stusents is plural

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    Default Re: Number

    Quote Originally Posted by nicolas View Post
    Dear All,

    I chose "are".


    Why do others choose "is"?
    Could someone explain that for me? :wink:

    The advanced area here is difficult for me :(

    Have a nice day :D
    Hi nicolas! Well look! In this case you use is because you are referring to the number, as you can see number is singular and is a thing. I mean.

    If you were saying:

    "The students ______ rising" you could use are, because you are referring to the students. But the original phrase says:

    "The NUMBER of students ______ rising" so you have to use is because the sentence talks about the amount of students not about the students.

    Hope this helps!
    Peace!

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    Default Re: Number

    Quote Originally Posted by Mohammadhelmi View Post
    The number of cars is increasing fast : singular
    A number of cars are increasing fast : plural
    Numbers of cars are increasing fast : plural
    I can't say the second sentenc is right at all. I don't think you can say a number of cars- it has to be the number of cars.

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    Default Re: Number

    Pardon me, i need to make 5 posts to be able to share links so this one's essentially about nothing, much like the Seinfeld show.

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    Default Re: Number

    I chose "is" because the The number is singular.

    Look to this similar sentence.
    The playing of the computer games is interesting.

    The number of students is rising.
    The number of students are rising.

    This is my special opinion.

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