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  1. Newbie
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    #1

    The number of smokers is/are increasing.

    I am an English student and I have a confusion with regards to below mentioned sentence.

    1.The number of smokers is increasing these days.

    My doubt is why is used instead of are.

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    #2

    Re: The number of smokers is/are increasing.

    Because the subject of the verb is the singular noun 'number'.

    However, the phrase 'a number of', like 'a lot of' is used as a determiner. The following noun governs a plural verb.

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    #3

    Re: The number of smokers is/are increasing.

    The smokers are not increasing - whatever that might mean. The number is increasing.

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