I want to say that on Wednesday the number of push ups were/was 20.
Is the above mentioned line correct?
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The number of push-ups was 20. The number was 20. There were 20 push-ups.
Edit: The long version, for clarity-- "The number of push-ups was 20" is the correct choice. The form of the verb (were/was, infinitive "to be") is determined by "number" in this case. This can be tested by removing "of push-ups" from the sentence, which yields the grammatically correct sentence, "The number was 20." An example of a sentence that uses "were" correctly is, "On Wednesday, there were 20 push-ups."