Concord for "an infinite number of"
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?
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."
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