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The dog lay down on the grasses.
The dog lay down on the grass.
Nothing's left, all is lost.
Nothing's left, all are lost.

All meaning everything, takes a singular verb, all meaning everybody, takes a plural verb: All of us are present.

The number of pupils are increasing.
The number of pupils is increasing.
A number of pupils is absent today.
A number of pupils are absent today.

When we precede number by the it denotes a unit and is singular. When it's preceded by a it means several or many and is plural.

A large supply of toys are expected.
A large supply of toys is expected

When the subject is singular, the verb must be singular and when the subject is plural, the verb must also be plural. Take care when a plural noun comes between a singular subject and its verb, as in the example above.

Your clothes are very fashionable.
Your cloth is very fashionable.

Cloth, meaning the material of which clothes are made, is singular, and has a plural form cloths (without the e): She cleaned the table with a cloth, Merchants sell different kinds of cloths.

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