a number of

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a number of

  1. Several.
    A number of people have commented on it.
    There are a number of problems with the log-in system.
  2. Several of.
    I spoke with a number of them about it.

Usage notes[edit]

  • This a leading example of the structure of a partitive construction. Other words that behave the same way as number does are dozen, quantity, score, hundred, army, lakh, mob, lot, plethora, myriad, herd.