I'd use there are a number of...wayoutwest888. What do you think? If you decide which one you think is correct and tell us why you think that, we can either confirm that you have understood the grammatical point or can explain why you have not.
"There are a number of possible reasons." is the sentence I read on an English book on Speaking Training.We need context. Did you read a sentence somewhere using one of these? If so, please give us the full sentence as well as some context and tell us the source. If it's something you want to write, please spell out how you want to use the phrase.
It doesn't really matter what follows, "a number of <whatever>" is inherently plural.I'd use there are a number of...
Because after all whatever follows "a number of" must be plural.
I've checked out those threads. They're very helpful indeed. Thank you!!!It doesn't really matter what follows, "a number of <whatever>" is inherently plural.
What you have found is the very common use of "there's" + plural rather than "there're" + plural. This is often used even by those who would never dream of saying "There is a number of...".
It happens because it is much easier to articulate "There's a..." than "There're a...".
There's lots of other threads about this topic
use of [ there's ] to introduce a plural noun