a low number of


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I habe a question. please answer this question who knows the answer.

when we use "a low number of + plural noun" as a subject of a sentence, which be verb should be used, is or are?

  • Joetofu

    Senior Member
    English (northeastern US)
    Both “is” and “are” are possible, depending on the context.

    When the subject really is the number, we tend to use a singular verb:
    “A low number of transactions IS entirely possible again next week.”
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    When “a low number of” simply means “few,” many people will use a plural verb:
    “There are a pathetically low number of three-way races.”
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