Should I write : A Number of People is or A Number of People are?
Although the expression a number is strictly singular, the phrase a number of is used with plural nouns (as what grammarians call a determiner). The verb should therefore be plural.
• A number of people are waiting for the bus.
This is not the case with the number which is still singular.
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