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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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Subject-verb agreement for "Most X and Y" subject

In the first sentence: "Most acute pharyngitis and laryngitis are caused by viral or, more rarely, bacterial infection." Here, the verb "are" agrees with the plural subject "...
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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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