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    There is a large supply of?

    I was told to look for a mistake in this sentence:
    "There are a large supply of pens and notebooks in the storeroom."

    The answer here is the word "are". I have no idea why it would be so. If I recall correctly, I have to use "are" when I refer to "a number of". Then why do I need to correct the are word in the above sentence?

    Oh and could anyone tell me should I use "is" or "are" in front of phrases like "quite a few", "am amount of", "a large majority" and the like?

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    Re: There is a large supply of?

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    NOT A TEACHER


    (1) You are correct: this is a very confusing matter.

    (2) First, I think the following are correct:

    (a) The number of people waiting in line is 100.
    (b) A number of people are waiting in line. (A number of = many)

    (3) When a sentence starts with "there," my teachers told me to forget that

    word when analyzing the sentence. So we have:

    Are a large supply of pens and notebooks in the storeroom.

    (4) Now we need to put the words in "regular" order:

    A large supply of pens and notebooks ___ in the storeroom.

    (a) Do we put "is" or "are" in the space?

    (i) Well, let's delete (erase) the "unnecessary" words "of pens and notebooks."

    (b) We now have:

    A large supply ____ in the storeroom.

    Which word sounds better to you: "is" or "are"?

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    Re: There is a large supply of?

    The question is one of agreement between subject and verb.

    There are pens and notebooks in the storeroom.

    There is a large supply in the storeroom.

    As for the rest of your question, it will depend on the individual context. Perhaps you would like to provide some sentences?

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