Poll: A large number of animals _____ killed for food every day.
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- Added: May 2004
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Verb to match the subject "number,' not the object of the preposition. Third grade stuff.
Take out the "of animals." Prepositional phrases don't count. Therefore, the answer is "is."
Swan: 'A large number of' is used before plurals and the a following verb is PLURAL. Therefore, 'are' should be used.