there is / are a number of positives and drawbacks

deoxys14

New Member
Madarin
Hi guys, I have a simple question here,

I personally believe that there is a number of positives and drawbacks for this idea.

In this sentence, should I use is or are, and why?

Thanks
 
  • srk

    Senior Member
    English - US
    Here's an earlier thread with disagreement on which it should be.

    If you enter "are a number" (with the quotes) in the dictionary search box at the top of the page, you'll be led to more threads.
     

    owlman5

    Senior Member
    English-US
    I'd prefer to see you omit the confusing "number" and use "several" with "are": I believe that there are several positives and drawbacks for this idea.
     
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