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there was/were a number of

Although the expression ‘a number’ is strictly singular, the phrase ‘a number of’' is used with plural nouns. This applies whether or not modifiers such as 'great', 'large', 'small', 'unknown' come ...
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there was/were a number of

There was a great number of people in the room. great number is singular. So we use "there was". There was a person in the room. There were people in room. There were great numbers of people ...
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there was/were a number of

This gets to a broader question of notional vs formal agreement. Formal agreement is where verbs agree with the grammatical number, whereas notional agreement is where verbs agree with the semantic ...
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"Do" or "Does" with "any of X"?

Both are possible depending on the situation. If there are half a dozen ideas in question and the respondent is able to choose several of them, the question should be: Do any of the ideas interest you?...
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there was/were a number of

[1] A great number of apples were produced this year. [2] There were a great number of apples this year. In both [1] and [2], involving the non-count quantificational noun "number", the ...
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