I usually get this right, but for some reason this particular phrase is giving me headaches. The phrase in question is:
"Not that there were an abundance of sticks or building supplies"
Ordinarily, as the sticks/building supplies are plural I'd assume were; however, as I consider 'an abundance' to be a singular object encompassing multiple other objects, it gives me pause. Should it be "was an abundance of sticks or building supplies"?
Which is more correct?
Edit: my English teacher uncle just called, quite fortuitously, and advised that I was correct in my original assertion that it should be was an abundance. He also reminded me that 'a multitude' follows the same rules (which I knew, and had completely forgotten).