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    verb after "a number of"

    Can one use a singular verb after "a number of", or is it always a plural?
    (I.e. is there a situation when "A number of xxx is..." when one is looking at
    "a number of xxx" as one group?)

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    Re: verb after "a number of"

    Hello 123

    In British English, I would expect a plural verb, e.g.

    1. A number of other members are reading this post and shaking their heads in disbelief at MrP's answer.

    2. A number of bottles still remain in my fridge. I may open another one in a minute.

    3. A number of dancing girls have just knocked on my front door.

    At least, I can't think of an example with a singular verb. But perhaps another member can!


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