Instead of saying:

There are 5 students in the classroom.

can we say:

There are 5 number(s) of students in the classroom.

In this case should we use number or numbers?

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You don't say either number or numbers in this context. "There are five students" is correct. "There are five number(s) of students" is wrong.

If you really want to use the word number, you could say "The number of students in the classroom was five", but that is a very artificial, stilted way to say it.

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    You could also say: "The students in the classroom are five in number"; however, the original sentence is much more idiomatic and commoner than the alternatives. Feb 7, 2022 at 14:47

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