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    Smile is there any difference ?

    Hi guys!
    Again I have a little question for you...
    Is there any difference between "there are a great number of reasons/possibilities etc." and "there is a great number ofreasons/possibilities etc." ???
    Thanks in advance for your replies

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    Re: is there any difference ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Graver View Post
    Hi guys!
    Again I have a little question for you...
    Is there any difference between "there are a great number of reasons/possibilities etc." and "there is a great number ofreasons/possibilities etc." ???
    Thanks in advance for your replies
    Either works but "There are a great number of + noun in plural" makes much more sense to me.

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    Re: is there any difference ?

    I don't mean to cause any confusion, but since I've just remembered a similiar question that recently has been posted here, I'd like to copy David L.'s reponse to that post:

    'a number of' is regarded as a 'determiner' when used with plural nouns, and so the verb is plural:

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    Actually, I would agree with you, banderas.

    But:

    Is it possible to say "There is" but rather unusual, or is it wrong?



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    Re: is there any difference ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Snowcake View Post

    Is it possible to say "There is" but rather unusual, or is it wrong?


    I feel it is acceptable but my first choice would definitely be "There are".

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    Re: is there any difference ?

    Thank you, banderas.


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    Re: is there any difference ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Graver View Post
    Hi guys!
    Again I have a little question for you...
    Is there any difference between "there are a great number of reasons/possibilities etc." and "there is a great number ofreasons/possibilities etc." ???
    Thanks in advance for your replies
    When "a number of" is followed by plural noun it takes plural verb .
    There are 'a great number of ' is correct.

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    Question Re: is there any difference ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Graver View Post
    Hi guys!
    Again I have a little question for you...
    Is there any difference between "there are a great number of reasons/possibilities etc." and "there is a great number ofreasons/possibilities etc." ???
    Thanks in advance for your replies
    "A number of ..." usually requires a plural verb. In "A number
    of employees were present", it's the employees who were present, not
    the number. "A number of" is just a fuzzy quantifier. ("A number
    of..." may need a singular in the much rarer contexts where it does
    not function as a quantifier: "A number of this magnitude requires
    5 bytes to store.")

    On the other hand, "the number of..." always takes the singular:
    "The number of employees who were present was small." Here, it's
    the number that was small, not the employees.
    Hope this helps!
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    Re: is there any difference ?

    "A number of ..." usually requires a plural verb. In "A number
    of employees were present", it's the employees who were present, not
    the number. "A number of" is just a fuzzy quantifier. ("A number
    of..." may need a singular in the much rarer contexts where it does
    not function as a quantifier: "A number of this magnitude requires
    5 bytes to store.")

    On the other hand, "the number of..." always takes the singular:
    "The number of employees who were present was small." Here, it's
    the number that was small, not the employees.
    Hope this helps!
    Dawood

    If your interpretation is correct ,why do you use 'were' in the above sentence?

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    Re: is there any difference ?

    Hi rj1948

    The main verb is at the end of the sentence:

    Ex: The number [of employees who were present] was small.


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    Re: is there any difference ?

    I'm not referring the main verb.
    MY QUESTION IS:What form of verb should be used in sentences such as below.
    A number of +plural noun+VERB.

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