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Tdol

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Tdol

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silversea said:
I vote for have :cool:

A number of people have chosen the same answer as you. :-D
 

silversea

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tdol said:
A number of people have chosen the same answer as you. :-D
Tdol, it is wise of you to yield such an answer ;-) . Thanks :lol:
 

csharp

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The number of + nouns + singular verb
A number of + nouns + plural verb
 

csharp

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a number of + plural noun + plural verb
the number of + plural noun + singular verb
Ex:
A number of stundents are going to the class picnic
The number of days in the week is seven
 

svartnik

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a number of people have
a number of = determiner

it is like 'many people have'
 

Wuisi

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What if we consider 'a number of' as a group instead of as a collection of individuals, as we do with 'team, government or family'. In context I think both 'have' and 'has' would be ok.
 

seba_870701

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I made a mistake.. :cry: I didn't know the rule that csharp presented.. :cry:
 
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