Friday, September 9, 2011


Number = (1) a concept of quantity involving zero and units: ‘Every number has a unique position in the sequence.’ (2) a short theatrical performance that is part of a longer program: ‘It was one of the best numbers he ever did.’ (3) an indefinite usually large total: ‘A number of students are absent today.’

The number of… + singular verb: ‘The number of smokers is increasing.’

A number of.. + Plural verb: ‘A number of viewers have complained about the excessive violence of the film.’

A large/ considerable number (NOT big): ‘A large number of fatal accidents are caused by drunken drivers.’

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