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    kohyoongliat is offline Senior Member
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    1. There is/are a total of five cars.

    2. A total of five cars has/have been stolen.

    Which verbs should I use?

    Thanks in advance.

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    Post Re: total

    In the first sentence "a total" is a postponed subject, so the verb should be "singular" (is).

    In the 2nd sentence I'd rather use (has). Some grammarians say that a subject is never part of a prepositional phrase. Thus the subject here is "A total".

    A native speaker or a teacher could give you better explanation. Am just a learner like you.

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