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    Are "An assortment of cafes is" correct or "An assortment of cafes are" right?

    Hello ^^
    Are "An assortment of cafes is" correct or "An assortment of cafes are" right?
    Please see the below sentence.

    An assortment of cafés which are frequently patronized by employees is across the street from the new Bank of Baine’s headquarters.
    An assortment of cafés which are frequently patronized by employees are across the street from the new Bank of Baine’s headquarters.

    Gratefully,
    So Young

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    Re: Are "An assortment of cafes is" correct or "An assortment of cafes are" right?

    I am not a teacher.

    This is one of those situations where the grammatical subject is singular but the meaning can be seen as plural.

    "An assortment of cafes is composed of several cafes."
    "An assortment of cafes are across the street..."

    I would say "are" but both are possible.

    There is a preference in BrE for the use of the plural, but it's not a rule.

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    Re: Are "An assortment of cafes is" correct or "An assortment of cafes are" right?

    As an AmE speaker, I would use "is".

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