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    "average" sg./pl.?

    Hello,

    In a US magazine, I've recently read the following sentence:

    "There are an average of about 70 calls a day."

    Why "are" and not "is", please? Isn't the emphasis here more on the average than on the calls?

    Thanks in advance for any helpful hints.

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    Re: "average" sg./pl.?

    I agree. I would use is in this sentence.

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    Re: "average" sg./pl.?

    There is an average of 70 calls a day.
    There are, on average, 70 calls a day.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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