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was vs were

Post by Nami Nami » Mon Apr 09, 2018 4:46 am

Dear Teacher,

Which of the following is/are correct?

1. In the 1970s there were an increasing number of demonstrations, clashes between students and the security forces ...

2. In the 1970s there was an increasing number of demonstrations, clashes between students and the security forces ...

3. There were an increasing number of people playing golf who had a disability ...

4. there was an increasing number of people playing golf who had a disability ...

Thanks.

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Re: was vs were

Post by Alan » Sun Apr 15, 2018 4:56 am

1 & 3.

'A number of' always determines a plural noun phrase, which naturally requires a plural verb.

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