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    a number - single?

    I saw this sentence in an article

    There are a number of issues that need to be addressed...

    Could I use "there is a number ...."

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    Re: a number - single?

    No, don't do that.

    "A number of [plural nouns]" means "many [plural nouns]" and should have the plural from of the verb.

    In speech, we tend to contract to "There's" even for a plural, but we would not use "There is" uncontracted for a plural noun that followed.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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