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What are the correct choices in: [A 𝒐𝒓 the] [variety 𝒐𝒓 number] of [something 𝒐𝒓 some things] [is 𝒐𝒓 are]?

The rule you are given is a generally good one if you are learning English. But there are some cases where it doesn't apply. The correct rule is that you use "are" when either number or ...
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Usage of singular noun as a concept for generalization

Many nouns can be both countable and uncountable. The uncountable is used for general concepts and the countable form is used for specific examples. Note that using uncountable doesn't necessarily ...
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"The pair was ..." or "the pair were ..."

Saw an interesting example on tonight's news, in which they were discussing a murder victim and suspect: “The pair was known to each other” This seemed wrong to me – but I couldn't immediately work ...
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How to count "Chinese yam"

Definitely don’t say taproots as that as a very specific definition that yam tubers don’t fit. I would recommend saying sections of yam though I am not a native speaker of english.
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Using "content" vs. "contents" when referring to multiple written works

The first sense of content in Wiktionary is: (uncountable) That which is contained. Coordinate term: contents So contents isn't really the plural of content in this sense. After all, if you speak ...
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