what is the different of the number of and a number of in English grammer?
- LônLv 74 weeks ago
"What is the number of players in a rugby union side?"
"There are a number of reasons why I don't like modern music."
- Lord BaconLv 74 weeks ago
'The' number implies a specific or known number or reference to a knowable number. For example: 'The number of cans in a pack is six' or 'The number of people travelling to Europe has declined'.
'A' number implies an unknown number or 'some'. It is less specific than 'the number'. For example, 'A number of sheep together is called a herd' or 'The number of people travelling to Europe has declined but a number of them are repeat travellers'.
Since you asked about English language, may I suggest some corrections to your question? "What is the different between 'the number of' and 'a number of' in English grammar?"