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    #1

    "a variety of"

    There is a variety of systems.
    There are a variety of systems.

    There has been an array of equipment.
    There have been an array of equipment.

    A wide range of reform appear.
    A wide range of reforms appears.

    There is a number of reforms.
    There are a number of reforms.

    which are correct grammatically?
    thanks

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    #2

    Re: "a variety of"

    ***neither a teacher nor a native-speaker***

    Don't consider "a" or "an", just consider plurality or singularity.

    PS: I don't know if some may prefer a proximity approach here, so you'd better wait for a teacher for a more detailed answer.

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    #3

    Re: "a variety of"

    Quote Originally Posted by kelvin123 View Post
    There is a variety of systems.
    There are a variety of systems.

    There has been an array of equipment.
    There have been an array of equipment.

    A wide range of reform appears. - not very sure
    A wide range of reforms appears. - not very sure

    There is a number of reforms.
    There are a number of reforms.
    **Neither a teacher nor a native speaker.**

    Please check the underlined and check if you see the sense.

    P.S: Let's wait until the teachers tell us their opinions.

    Cheers!

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    #4

    Re: "a variety of"

    May others express their views?

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    #5

    Re: "a variety of"

    I take 'variety of' as a phrasal quantifier similarly to 'lot(s) of'. In agreement with this view:

    There are a variety of systems.
    There is a variety of system.
    There are a variety of sytem.

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    similarly:
    A wide range of reforms appear.
    There are a number of reforms.

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    #6

    Re: "a variety of"

    Are you sure it is phrasal?

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