there is/are a wealth of flowers

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On this island, there is a wealth of flowers. They're everywhere.

Does the part in bold sound right? Is it better to change it to "there are a wealth of flowers?" Or better yet, "there are plenty of flowers?" Thanks.
  • cyberpedant

    Senior Member
    English USA, Northeast, NYC
    "there is a wealth of flowers."
    is correct. "Wealth" is the subject of the verb "is," and is singular. Your other choice, "there are plenty of flowers?" is also correct but not as "literary" as the first.
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