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    #1

    Which is correct...

    Pls explain which sentence is correct:

    1.The number of sudents are increasing ...

    2.The number of students is increasing....

    Thank you

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    #2

    Smile Re: Which is correct...

    The number of students are increasing.


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    #3

    Re: Which is correct...

    I am inclined to suggest is.

    The number (always a particular number at a given moment in time) of students is increasing.

    The numbers (perhaps the figure taken from schools across a whole region) of students are increasing.

    However I'm not sure.

    I am not a teacher.


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    Re: Which is correct...

    Hi august,

    We use "The number of" + "plural nouns" + singular verb:

    The number of students is increasing.

    But We use "A number of" + "plural nouns" + Plural verb:

    A number of students are increasing.

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    Re: Which is correct...

    Quote Originally Posted by ongshang View Post

    A number of students are increasing.
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    The problem with this is that it implies the students themselves are becoming larger, rather than the number of students.

    I would go with colloquium on this.

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    #6

    Re: Which is correct...

    Quote Originally Posted by ongshang View Post
    Hi august,

    We use "The number of" + "plural nouns" + singular verb:

    The number of students is increasing.

    But We use "A number of" + "plural nouns" + Plural verb:

    A number of students are increasing.

    ong
    No. A number of students are increasing is not right. "A number of students" means "some students". What does it mean for a student to increase? The students aren't increasing. Their number is.
    I agree that "The number of students is increasing" is correct.


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    #7

    Re: Which is correct...

    Thanks for all the replies but who is correct?
    Any English teachers around?

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    #8

    Re: Which is correct...

    Say:
    The number...is increasing.
    Do you still have questions? (You could also say: "The number is...growing.")





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    Re: Which is correct...

    Dear teacher.

    the number of students (is) increasing. we are interested in the word (number) which is singular.

    A number of students (are) increasing. we are more interested in the word(students) which is plural.

    * the number of sts is increasing = the number is increasing.
    * A number of sts are increasing = the students are increasing.

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    #10

    Re: Which is correct...

    Quote Originally Posted by august View Post
    Thanks for all the replies but who is correct?
    Any English teachers around?
    You've had three answers from native English speakers which are consistently correct; and two from non-native speakers which are in some way incorrect.
    It would be useful if posters who are just having a stab at the answer would qualify their posts accordingly.
    But no-one can tell you who to believe. Part of asking strangers for an opinion is making some judgement about how likely they are to be right.
    Would it help you if I told you that my answer is correct

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