use of is and are


Would "is" or "are" be more applicable to the following sentence fragment?

Although there is a plethora of alternative methods readily available

The use of "a" infers singular use, but he word "plethora" is a plural word.

asked Mar 02 '14 at 16:55 Andrea Wilson New member

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'Plethora' is singular, not plural.  You should use a singular verb with it.

link comment answered Mar 02 '14 at 17:35 Lewis Neidhardt Grammarly Fellow

There are many nouns that describe something made up of a plural parts, units, or pieces - these are called collective nouns.  The noun describes the entire group as one unit.  Plethora is one of those nouns.  A plethora is an overabundance of something - an excessive amount.


Other examples:

A family

A team

A dozen

An army

A majority

An audience

A flock

link comment answered Mar 02 '14 at 22:02 Patty T Grammarly Fellow

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