Hello everyone, what's the difference between 'a variety of' and 'varieties of' in the following sentences? And are they both correct?

  1. There is a variety of flowers in the market.
  2. There are varieties of flowers in the market.
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subhajit123 posted:

Hello everyone, what's the difference between 'a variety of' and 'varieties of' in the following sentences? And are they both correct?

  1. There is a variety of flowers in the market.
  2. There are varieties of flowers in the market.

Hi, Subhajit,

Sentence (1) indicates that the flowers in the market are of one variety or type, and (2) that the flowers in the market are of many different varieties or types.

If you mean simply to say that there are a bunch of diverse flowers in the market (where "variety of" functions as a mere quantifier), then you should say:

(3) There are a variety of flowers in the market.

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