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‘A number of’ followed by singular verb or plural?

When a sentence begins with “A number of,” should the verb that follows be singular, or plural? Compare the following sentences: A number of students were late for class. The number of students in this class is ten. In sentence 1, ‘A number of’ is an expression of quantity meaning ‘a lot of.’ The subject … Continue reading

12 words to describe something scary/shockingly frightening

spooky creepy eerie bloodcurdling spine-chilling spine-tingling stomach-churning hair-raising bone-chilling gut-twisting gory (specifically used for something that is bloody) horrific ghastly (used mostly for appearances) ghoulish (a ghoul, in stories, is an evil spirit that open graves and eats the dead bodies in them. This word can be used disapprovingly for a person who takes a … Continue reading

‘Advice’ or ‘advise’? How to remember which to use

If you are confused regarding which to use, here’s a tip (click on the slide below):

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