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    Collective nouns

    Hi,

    I have a really quick question in regards to collective nouns like "a group" or "a number". When using them in sentence, is it correct to say "There ARE a number (a group) of people."? Or should the sentence be "There IS a number of people." ?

    Thanks in advance.

    Marek


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    Re: Collective nouns

    Hello Marek,

    "There are a number of..." is correct.

    Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary
    There are a number of [=several] different options to choose from.
    Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary
    There are a number of browsers that can be used to navigate the Web/Internet.
    Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary
    There are a number of problems inherent in the design/plan.
    Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary
    There are a number of different theories about the cause of the disease.
    Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary
    There are a number of stylistic changes in the new car.

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