View Poll Results: A number of students ____ complained.

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    131 31.26%
  • have

    271 64.68%
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    Default Number 2


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    Default Re: Number 2

    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    I vote for have

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    Default Re: Number 2

    Quote Originally Posted by silversea
    I vote for have
    A number of people have chosen the same answer as you.

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    Default Re: Number 2

    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    A number of people have chosen the same answer as you.
    Tdol, it is wise of you to yield such an answer . Thanks

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    Default Re: Number 2

    The number of + nouns + singular verb
    A number of + nouns + plural verb

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    Default Re: Number 2

    i said "have" but didnt know the usage that csharp wrote:)

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    Default Re: Number 2

    a number of + plural noun + plural verb
    the number of + plural noun + singular verb
    Ex:
    A number of stundents are going to the class picnic
    The number of days in the week is seven

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    Default Re: Number 2

    Yes, csharp is right. I usually just remember that "A number of" = many

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    Default Re: Number 2

    a number of people have
    a number of = determiner

    it is like 'many people have'

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    Default Re: Number 2

    Have :))

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