a / the number of people killed was fifteen

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Senior Member
To me the right answer is the first one( the number of people). Am I right??

" It was reported in the newspaper that (............) killed during the riot last night was fifteen".

  • the numberof people
  • a number of people
  • entangledbank

    Senior Member
    English - South-East England
    'A number of' means "many". A number of people were killed. This is talking about the people. 'The number of' is about the number: the number was 15.
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