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Oct 7 2008   10:55AM GMT

Quiz: Writing for business — a number is or a number are?

Ivy Wigmore Ivy Wigmore Profile: Ivy Wigmore

datacenter.jpg Which is correct?
A number of data centers ____ equipped with multiple ISP connections.
a. is
b. are

Answer: b

The subject of this sentence, A number of data centers, is plural so use the plural verb form, are.

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