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Can you say "a large amount of the population" or should it be "a large number of the population? And if you CAN say "a large amount of the population" is this amount considered singular or plural?

  • 'A large number of the population are in favour of ...'. 'Amount' is neither logical nor colloquial. And 'number' takes the plural. – Nigel J May 15 '18 at 11:35
  • "A large proportion ..." or "A large segment ..." or "A large fraction ..." would be more idiomatic. – Hot Licks May 15 '18 at 12:19

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