|'If I were' and 'people'|
Abdul-Malek from Saudi Arabia asks:
2. Which is correct: there is a number of people?or there are a number of people?
3. An hour after 11 a.m., is it 12 a.m. or 12 p.m.?
1. If I was is a colloquial alternative to If I were.
speech, many English people say If I was, but If I were
is held to be grammatically correct. It is better, therefore, to
stick to If I were, as in these two examples:
|2: Some singular expressions referring to
more than one person or thing are commonly used with plural verbs, 'a number of' is one of those expressions.
|3. It's neither! a.m. means before midday, p.m. means after midday so midday itself is neither a.m. or p.m. To be accurate we can say 12 o'clock midday or 12 noon.|