Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 14th Oct 2009 16:00 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems In what is about as surprising as the sun rising in the morning, Michael Dell has started talking down netbooks. Dell made his comments about netbooks at the Churchill Club in Silicon Valley, and considering the impact of netbooks on manufacturers' bottom lines, it's really not that surprising.
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RE[2]: Uh, what?
by Luis on Thu 15th Oct 2009 13:02 UTC in reply to "RE: Uh, what?"
Luis
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"A number of people" is grammatically singular


I think you got confused by the word people not having an "s" at the end, as plurals usually do. But even without the "s", people is a plural noun (like sheep ;-) ). It is equivalent to "a number of cars" (or "a number of persons" to get the meaning closer), that's why you use are and not is.

In fact, you could never use "a number of..." with a singular noun. THAT would be illogical and incorrect.

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