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Which is the correct construction?

A number of people like ice-cream.

A number of people likes ice-cream.

I was confused because if we are talking about number than it should be likes.. Right???
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Hi Hamza

'A number of' means the same thing as 'a few' or 'several', and you need to use the plural form of the verb:
A number of people like ice-cream.

Even if 'of people' is omitted from (but understood in) the sentence, you would still use the plural form of the verb:
A number like ice-cream.

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HamzaWhich is the correct construction?

A number of people like ice-cream.

A number of people likes ice-cream.

I was confused because if we are talking about number than it should be likes.. Right???
Use a plural verb after "A number of ... "
Use a singular verb after "The number of ... "