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the number of 表示……的数量,作主语时跟在其后的谓语动词应该用单数;a number of 表示许多、大量的意思,作主语时跟在其后的谓语动词应用复数。a number of +名词复数+复数动词;the number of +名词复数+单数动词。
asked Mar 8 in Questions about English Grammar by 117070300220lly (340 points)

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1.the number of表示“……的数量”,跟复数名词连用作主语时,中心词是number,谓语动词要用单数。例如:


The number of students in our class is50.我们班学生的数量是50人。


The number of pages in this book is 60.这本书有60页。


2.a number of表示“许多”,相当于 many,修饰可数名词复数。作主语时,谓语动词用复数。number前可用large,small等修饰,以表示程度。例如:


A number of students are planting trees on the hill.许多学生在小山上植树。

answered Mar 11 by 117070300125sy (380 points)
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1) a number of…

a number of…意思是“一些,若干”(= some),后接可数名词复数或代词,谓语动词用复数形式。

a number of…词组中还可以加入形容词表示数量大或小等(例如:a large/small number of…许多/少数……)。

2) 注意和the number of的区别。

the number of…意思是“……的数字/数目”,介词of同其后名词构成介词短语,修饰the number.当它作主语时,谓语动词用单数。
answered Mar 11 by 117070200105zxk (380 points)
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the number of 意思是……的数量,作主语时跟在其后的谓语动词用单数;a number of 是许多、大量的意思,作主语时跟在其后的谓语动词用复数。a number of +名词复数+复数动词;the number of +名词复数+单数动词。
answered Mar 14 by Kristin (380 points)
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