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    A large number of studies have been carried out?

    I have got a problem with this sentence: A large number of studies have/has been carried out by scientists. Which version is correct? I am thinking whether a verb should refer to "a large number" as a singual noun, or it refers to studies? Can you help me?

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    Re: A large number of studies have been carried out?

    'A large number of (=very many) studies have been carried out ...'
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 09-Mar-2017 at 23:24.

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    Re: A large number of studies have been carried out?

    Grammatically, and strictly speaking, it should be has as the verb form should agree with a large number, (not studies) but I would say have. I wouldn't correct either way.

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    Re: A large number of studies have been carried out?

    We use a plural verb after a large number of.

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