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The Number vs. A Number
The expression the number is followed by a singular verb while the expression a number is followed by a plural verb.
The number of people we need to hire is thirteen.
A number of people have written in about this subject.
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The Surprising Origins of Common Words
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Chocolate: Chocolate is a Spanish mispronunciation of a Nahuatl word. When the Spaniards arrived in Mexico, they discovered the Aztecan drink that combined coco and water named xocolatl, meaning “bitter water.” The Spanish modified it to chocolato, which later became chocolate in Europe once it adopted the drink.
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1. The number of people lined up for tickets was four hundred.
2. A number of suggestions were made.
3. There are a number of important announcements in the bulletin.
4. Here is the number of milk shakes you requested.
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