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Luca Nicola

Hello everyone
How are you feeling today?

 

Despite the author's dissatisfaction with the production, it was a huge success and sale (sellings) of his books rocketed overnight as a result.
The correct answer from the book is sale. Could be selling a correct answer in this case? If not, which is the difference between them?

Thanks in advance

Best regards,
Luca

 

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Minoo

Hello Luca,

When a proper noun exists (sale), we tend to use that instead of the gerund form (selling).

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Luca Nicola

 

Hello Minoo
How are you feeling today?

Yesterday I came across a wired situation while I was reading a book.

.. .. 'There is a number of cakes for sale'

Well, which is the correct form: there is or there are a number of cakes for sale?
I know the correct form for there are lots of cakes, but for me it sounds more natural to say: there is a number of cakes for sale.

Is there any general rule to follow?

I'm going slightly crazy today, because I saw another phrase on it:
'there is two dogs' I thought it was a copy mistake, but then I saw again 'there is a cat, two dogs, a cow on that farm' ...
so, what's the matter?

Thanks in advance

Best regards,
Luca

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Minoo

Hello Luca,

Opinions are divided here, and therefore you can choose either form depending on whether you want to put the stress on the group or on each individual constituent:

There is a number of cakes ...

There are a number of cakes ...

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