When do you use singular or plural verb for the quantifiers:

1.   A large number of

2.   A lot of

asked Aug 22 '12 at 03:56 L Young New member

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Thanks Jeff. Very comprehensive and clear. I posed this question because some grammar checkers like 'Ginger' accepted as grammatically correct the following sentences:

1.   There is a large number of birds in the park.

2.   There are a large number of birds in the park.

link comment edited Aug 23 '12 at 05:35 L Young New member

My studies have convinced me that most grammar experts are a bunch of intellectual snobs who look for ANY excuse to change or deny the rules! Also they use dirty tricks to 'prove' their point, such as comparing one example with a 'no count' noun to another using a 'countable' noun. "It sounds funny" is no excuse! The power of English allows you to rephrase until it IS right and it SOUNDS right.

link comment answered Aug 23 '12 at 14:42 Grammarly Guy New member

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