Concord for "an infinite number of"

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In the following sentence, should "be" be singular or plural?

There (be) an infinite number of universes. 

Also, would it make a difference if "amount" is used instead of "number"? And can one also say 

There (be) infinity universes.

and if yes, what concord would "be" have then?

concord asked Mar 28 '12 at 10:01 Alex Madjarov New member

Also, am I correctly using the term "concord"?

Alex MadjarovMar 28 '12 at 10:01

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I don't know how you mean "concord."  That is not how a US speaker would use it. I think you mean "form."

 

Number is plural.  So:

 

"There are an infinite number of universes."

 

Amount sounds more awkward here.  The form of be you would use is "are."

 

I am not sure "infinity" would fit there, though the checker accepts it.  "Countless" might be a better choice.

 

"There are countless universes."

link comment edited Mar 28 '12 at 10:24 Courtney Contributor

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