Language Tips: “a number of people is” or “a number of people are”?

Which is correct?  A number of people is’ or ‘a number of people are’? Check this out and find out.

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Lexico posted this explanation on their site to make it easier for English learners to understand this topic easily.

Although the expression ‘a number’ is strictly singular, the phrase ‘a number of’’ is used with plural nouns (as what grammarians call a determiner (or determiner)). The verb should therefore be plural:

A number of people are waiting for the bus.

This is not the case with ‘the number’, which is still singular:

The number of people here has increased since this morning.

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