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    A number of groups is/are contending

    I think the answer is 'are contending' because 'groups' is countable noun but i'm unsure.

    A number of groups is/are contending for power in the new government.

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    Re: A number of groups is/are contending

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    Hello, Oceanlike:

    I have good news.

    The rule is very easy.

    A number of X = plural verb.
    The number of X = singular verb

    Thus:

    A number of groups are participating in the Olympics.
    The number of groups participating in the Olympics is 75.

    A number of students are going to Paris.
    The number of students going to Paris is 25.

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