Agreement: a/the number of and a/the percentage of. From the UWF Writing Lab’s 101 Grammar Mini-Lessons Series. Mini-Lesson #7. A number/percentage of. A number of and a percentage of require plural verb forms (verbs without -s or - es endings).
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UWF Writing Lab’s 101
Grammar Mini-Lessons Series
A number of and a percentage of require plural verb forms (verbs without -s or -esendings).
Examples: A number of tourists arrive in Pensacola each year.
A percentage of professors submit articles
to journals each term.
The number of and the percentage of require singular verb forms (verbs with -s and -esendings).
Examples: The number of tourists in Pensacola amazes me.
The percentage of publishing
professors is very impressive.