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Which verb is correct?

There are a growing number of tour operators.

There is a growing number of tour operators.
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TaraCWhich verb is correct?

There are a growing number of tour operators.

There is a growing number of tour operators.

"a number of" goes with plural. So, the first sentence makes sense to me, personally.
In a sentence that starts with 'there,' the subject following it determines whether it should be singular or plural. In your case, the subject is 'a growing number' and 'tour operators' is a phrase modifying the subject. And since 'a growing number' is singular, the correct choice should be 'there is' in my opinion.
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There is a growing number of tour operators. – is a singular collective noun. although “operators” looks” as if it’s a plural noun.

I found a collection of the early Beatle songs – Same structure, the highlighted blue segment is a collective noun.

There are songs from the Beatles which never made it to the recoding studio. plural
Thanks so much for the very clear response. Do you mind if I ask you one more question? What about the following sentence, when someone uses "one of..." to start the sentence. I have a book called "The Elements of Style" and is says not to use the singular verb form when using "one of..."

"One of the most noteworthy trends are the number of shuttling services popping up in the area."

Is the sentence above correct or not? Using the plural verb form doesn't sound right to me.

Thanks.
TaraC
Thanks so much for the very clear response. Do you mind if I ask you one more question? What about the following sentence, when someone uses "one of..." to start the sentence. I have a book called "The Elements of Style" and is says not to use the singular verb form when using "one of..."

"One of the most noteworthy trends are the number of shuttling services popping up in the area."

Is the sentence above correct or not? Using the plural verb form doesn't sound right to me.

Thanks.

To me, the sentence is odd.

["One of" + "plural noun"] takes a singular verb.

One of my students lives in England.
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I have a book called "The Elements of Style" and is says not to use the singular verb form when using "one of..."

Could you please look that up again and quote it for us as completely as possible?
It does not seem correct. Who is the author, by the way?

CJ
According to the Chicago Manual of style "The number" is singular, while "A number" is plural.
TaraCThanks so much for the very clear response. Do you mind if I ask you one more question? What about the following sentence, when someone uses "one of..." to start the sentence. I have a book called "The Elements of Style" and is says not to use the singular verb form when using "one of..."

"One of the most noteworthy trends are the number of shuttling services popping up in the area."

Is the sentence above correct or not? Using the plural verb form doesn't sound right to me.

Thanks.

The example is very interesting, as it actually specifies ONE at the beginning. So, "One of the most noteworthy trends IS the number of shuttling services..."

"Elements of Style" is perhaps the best-known and most-recommended grammar books out there, next to Fowler's Modern English. If you've got you quote right, then I for one won't be recommending it!
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