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Hello, the Team
Could you please explain the difference of these words "great number", "vast number", "large number"?
Are they the same?
And can they be followed by "of plural noun"? If so, what will be the verb, singular or plural form?

Thank you very much

Hi Risa warysha,

Those three phrases with number mean the same thing. They all show that the number is very high. Yes, they can be followed by of and a plural noun, and the verb is usually plural. Here are some examples:

  • A great number of people pass through the station every day.
  • A large number of trees are cut down every day.

Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

Can we say "Great numbers of people pass through the station every day"?
Or "the great number(s) of people consuming alcohol has declined"?
Is the second sentence logic?

Hello Risa warysha,

These sentences are grammatical and so you could use them from that point of view. I would probably choose other ways to phrase them, though, though it really depends on the situation.

All the best,


The LearnEnglish Team

Sorry, sir
So what is the difference of the usage of these phrases: "great numbers of", "a great number of" and "the great number of"

Thank you, sir

Hi Risa warysha,

In many cases, several of these phrases can be used, with similar meanings. For example, we could say:

  • A great number of people pass through the station every day.
  • Great numbers of people pass through the station every day.

There's only a slight difference: the second sentence implies that the number of people may change (e.g. on different days, or at different times), because the plural (Great numbers) means that there is more than one measurement of the number of people. It seems to describe the situation more generally. In many cases, though, this difference may not matter, and you could use either phrase.

These sentences also mean pretty much the same thing:

  • The great number of people consuming alcohol has declined.
  • The great numbers of people consuming alcohol has declined.

But the first one seems like it's describing a specific survey result, because it mentions The great number (i.e. a single, particular number). The second sentence seems like it's describing the situation more in general.

Does that make sense?


The LearnEnglish Team

Hi team
Kindly help about collective noun in the following sentences
Japan is consists of many islands
Here, consists of many islands - collective?
He visited many countries of the world
Is "countries of the the world" collective..or common- countries, world (both)
World- common or proper?

Hello Samin,

A collective noun is one which takes a number of items as a single unit. For example:

a crowd of people ['crowd' is the collective noun]

a group of children

a herd of cows


In your examples I do no see any collective nouns. The word 'consist' is a verb, not a noun. The word 'countries' is a normal plural noun, not a collective term.


The word 'world' is not a proper noun. 'Earth' would be a proper noun to describe our planet.



The LearnEnglish Team


I don’t really know the meaning of ‘optical house’. Could you help me, please?
Thank you very much.

Hello Yolanda,

I'm not sure, either, to be honest. Would 'optician's' make sense in the context you saw this phrase?

All the best,


The LearnEnglish Team