So which is right:

there is an entire gamut of hidden costs associated with it OR

there are an entire gamut of hidden costs associated with it

  • What does your dictionary say?
    – Dan Bron
    May 8, 2016 at 14:38
  • plural of course. Just not sure that it is the right usage in this context. Is it? thanks
    – user174222
    May 8, 2016 at 14:40
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    Interesting. I can't find a single dictionary licensing 'A gamut of X are ...'. The only comment about plurality is 'singular in form' (ie gamuts is not acceptable). The question hinges on whether 'a gamut of X' is acceptably treated as a compound quantifier, like 'a host of' / 'a wealth of' etc, near-synonymous with 'many'.... May 8, 2016 at 15:14
  • Google Ngrams for 'a wealth/gamut/host of is/are' seem inconclusive. May 8, 2016 at 15:15
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    @Malvolio I can't agree; I wouldn't use it (as I explain above), but the 'musical scale' demand is bordering on the etymological fallacy. The more common metaphorical usage is reasonable here, with denotation extensive range and connotation wide diversity. May 8, 2016 at 16:37

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The first is correct, because the number of the verb must agree with the number of the actual subject of the sentence, which is gamut, whereas hidden costs is part of a prepositional phrase modifying gamut.

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    This has been covered so many times, and your answer shows a lack of understanding. Though majority is a singular-form noun, “The majority of internet users (68%) are happy to provide personal information online” is perfectly acceptable. "A wide range of features is/are available" are both fine. Would you say 'The United States are the third largest country in the world'? May 8, 2016 at 16:30

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