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  1. Boris Tatarenko's Avatar
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    #1

    a large number of devices

    Hello.

    I am not sure whether the sentence below is grammatically correct or not.

    What should I use "they have become" or "it has become". (I think "it has become" is correct)
    Does the entire sentnce sound natural to your native speakers ears?

    Since a large number of high-tech devices such as computers, laptops, smartphones and the modern internet appeared, they have become / it has become an integral part of any business.

    Thanks in advance.
    Please, correct all my mistakes. I should know English perfectly and if you show me my mistakes I will achieve my dream a little bit faster. A lot of thanks.

    Not a teacher nor a native speaker.

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    #2

    Re: a large number of devices

    The antecedent is plural, so use "they".

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    #3

    Re: a large number of devices

    The use of "a large number of" confuses many students because it appears to be singular. However, if there is a large number of something, there must be more than one so the plural is appropriate.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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