Is or are?


Here's a fragment of a sentence I recently read on the net:


"...there is still a host of problems..."


If I were writing that, I would use are, not is.  I understand that the writer was thinking, "...there is still a host...", but I see that as "...there are still ... problems..."


Who is right, and why?

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The correct sentence fragment would be "there is still a host of problems". This is because they are talking about a "host". While there ARE "problems", there IS a host. "Of problems" is a prepositional phrase, and therefore cannot be the subject of the fragment.

link comment answered Apr 20 at 04:27 Bennett Howse New member

As this Ngram shows, 'there are a host of' is far more common.

link comment edited Apr 20 at 08:25 Jed Grammarly Fellow

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