A number of people take a show once a day.

'number' is an agent noun of the verb or 'people' is an agent noun of the verb? 'number' means amount but is the subject so I'm confusing.

  • Don't get so hung up on terminology. I don't understand "take a show" here - but whatever it means, a number of people do it. And collectively, that highlighted string of words is a noun phrase, which is the syntactic subject of the sentence. It's really irrelevant that in some other contexts, both the word number and the word people are "nouns" all on their own. What matters is they're joined together with other words (a, of) to make a noun capable of being used as the subject in this sentence. Feb 18 at 13:02

A number of + Plural Noun + Plural Verb. Here in this structure a number of is the subject. If it was like: ex, The number of people is less. Then look people does no function here at all. All that matter is the subject a number of or the number of.

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