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One of my readers has asked me about an extension of this problem. Is it correct to say, "A number of accidents have occurred at this corner" or "A number of accidents has occured at this corner"?

I understand the reasoning behind the question, since "number" is a singular noun even though it describes plural items. However, I believe the correct usage is:

A number of accidents HAVE occurred.....
but
The number of accidents that have occurred has risen.

I hope this adds to the conversation!

Helen Wilkie
http://www.masteringbusinesswriting.com

Helen January 13, 2008, 1:05pm

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