verb: is or are?
Can you help me find the right verb in the sentence below, please? Is or Are? Thanks in advance for your help.
My Sentence: The broad variety of digital maps available from the center (is / are) a great resource for this research.
Adnan is on track with his suggestion to simplify your sentence, but he may have pared too much. Perhaps:
"The many digital maps available from the center are a great research resource."
I'm going to ask Tolley to come back and explain further. I seem to remember being told that "variety" is a collective noun that can be either singular or plural. I also seem to remeber hearing that whether it was singular or pllural depends upon what article is used before it. "A variety of ..." is plural and "The variety of ..." is singular. Have I been led astray?
|link||answered May 14 '12 at 16:32 Jeff Pribyl Grammarly Fellow|
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