the phrase "a large number" takes is or are?

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Please see the following sentence and advise me whether it is right or wrong?

See example:

An inference may be drawn from this estimation that a very large number of companies are involved in the military business, which indicates the breadth and depth of the business.
asked Jan 22 '13 at 11:08 Saddam Hossain New member

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Here's a simple way to remember this grammar point: "a number of" always takes a plural verb; "the number of" always takes a singular verb. No exceptions.

link comment answered Jan 26 '13 at 18:39 Sandy Contributor
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A very large number of friends on Facebook is impressive.

 

A very large number of friends on Facebook are impressive.

 

So what about these two. the first one sounds right to me but why?

 

Thanks,

 

Michelle

link comment answered Mar 29 at 23:02 Michelle New member
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Think of it as "(Having) a large number of friends on Facebook is impressive."

link comment answered Apr 07 at 12:21 LJ New member

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