Which is correct:
"a number of" or "large number"?

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a number of

This phrase is correct and commonly used in English.

'A number of' is used to refer to an unspecified quantity of something.

Examples:

  • A number of students attended the seminar.
  • I have a number of books to read this summer.

Alternatives:

  • several
  • many
  • a few
  • a handful of
  • a couple of

large number

This phrase is correct and commonly used in English.

'Large number' is used to emphasize a significant quantity or amount.

Examples:

  • There was a large number of people at the concert.
  • A large number of complaints were received by the company.

Alternatives:

  • a great number of
  • a considerable number of
  • a substantial number of
  • a significant number of
  • a vast number of
Both 'a number of' and 'large number' are correct phrases, but they are used in different contexts. 'A number of' is used to refer to an unspecified quantity of something, while 'large number' is used to emphasize a significant quantity or amount.

Last updated: March 15, 2024

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