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    is/are

    Hello everybody,

    I have a question regarding subject verb agreement. I donīt know whether I should use IS or ARE in this sentence: "Moreover, in the car park, which you intend to make available to the public, there IS or ARE an insufficient number of spaces. ?

    Thank you very much in advance! :)

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    Re: is/are

    http://www.grammar-monster.com/lesso...ral_number.htm
    After reading the above, I would go for 'are'.

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    Re: is/are

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    http://www.grammar-monster.com/lesso...ral_number.htm
    After reading the above, I would go for 'are'.

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    Thank you, thank you very much. I wanted to use "are" as well but I wasnīt sure at all.

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    #4

    Re: is/are

    According to the same page, 'is' should be used in 'The number of spaces is not enough'.

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    #5

    Re: is/are

    I'd say 'There is an insufficient number of spaces'.

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    #6

    Re: is/are

    There is an insufficient number of spaces in the car park. Correct!

    There are an insufficient number of spaces in the car park. Incorrect!

    There are a number of spaces in the car park. Correct!
    "A number of" is just an expression meaning "several", not specifically referring to a number!
    The trick is not to break up this expression by sticking an adjective in it!

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    #7

    Re: is/are

    Why No.2 is not correct?
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 27-Mar-2015 at 09:44. Reason: Deleting unnecessary quote.

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    Re: is/are

    Quote Originally Posted by Polyester View Post
    Why No.2 is not correct?
    Your question should be 'Why is no.2 not correct?'

    'A number' is singular, and so is 'an insufficient number'.

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    #9

    Re: is/are

    there IS or ARE an insufficient number of spaces.

    Why does not refer to the word "spaces"?
    Does the word add "s" in the end.

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    #10

    Re: is/are

    These are correct:

    There are insufficient spaces.

    There is an insufficient number of spaces.

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