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?

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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Entrepreneur is more than owning a business, it’s a mindset, a way of life, innovating and putting creativity into action to help create values and solve the problem of humanity. They are the creative force that help propel the growth and development of a nation, according to martin Gillard “creative force is the in-built skill in all of us to come up with new ideas, it separates us from the rest of animal kingdoms”.

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Government of Nigeria is hindering the entrepreneurs in the country, like bad road is hindering the pace of a driver, entrepreneurs goes through 3 major phases; the idea phase (defining concept of the business), strategy phase (logistic stage), and the idea phase which capped all. The first and second phase is usually implemented with little resistance but the action phase which I will love to put as the reality phase is embedded with myriad of problems such as capital, corruption, government policies, fuel scarcity, terrorism especially if you are running a small scale business.

Corruption within government personnel have stalled innovation in Nigeria. Entrepreneurship is one of the predictor of economic growth and development and it’s driven by many by numerous factors principally social, psychological and economic, all these are subject to corruption and therefore pose serious challenge to its development.

Nepotism in getting access to funds stunts the growth of a start-up business, only those with close family ties are given fund, even when most lack merit. Enforcement of laws and policy that offers opportunity for corruption are always implemented.

Nigeria is ranked as the 136 least corrupt nation out of 175 countries according to 2015 corruption perception index reported by transparency international. SURE-P set-up by the government of Dr. Goodluck Jonathan in February 2012 after the removal of subsidy, the programme which was meant reduce poverty and help start-up entrepreneurs became political as election drew closer, the money was used to fund party election, ‘’over #500 billion naira was said to be missing from the programme’’ according to the national assembly.

According to Wikipedia “over 10, 849 deaths have been recorded since the insurgence of Boko Haram in Nigeria”. In 2009 and thousands displaced, prominent among their attack is the abduction of school girls in Chibok and the killing in Baga (North-east Nigeria). The alarming case of security in these regions is killing entrepreneurs and scaring away potential investors yet; money meant to spend arms for soldiers to curb this menace are being diverted for election purpose, all due to high level of corruption and impunity amidst government personnel’s.

Monopoly of importing of goods and service among a certain cabal has prevented entrepreneurs from investing in some business, these policies is meant to enrich some few people and kill SME, which is actually the largest employer of labor in the country example is the monopoly of importation of cement to DANGOTE GROUPS.

Nigeria has the 8th largest population in the world and it is a rapidly growing population, according to 2013 figures; the breakdown of Nigeria rebased economy show that industry has 40.59% stake with services leading the way at 51.89%.

The epileptic power supply in the country is increasing the cost of production of good and services, and even the cost setting up business is high. This situation is scaring entrepreneurs and investors, we’ve seen companies move their companies away from Nigeria to companies such as Ghana and South Africa which have therefore cut the GDP of the country.

Petrol scarcity is a bane to entrepreneurs in Nigeria. Government overtime have not done anything significant to repress this demon. It is a macroeconomic cancer in this country. The need for its availability and affordability is obviously important especially as the risks and its attendant effects are undesirable.

Fuel price and supply instability have been incessant from 2012 till present, as long queues and kegs are seen at various filling stations across the nations. With industry having 40.49% stake in the economy, it is suicidal to the growth of entrepreneurs especially SME, lot of business will pack off. Lot of hours spent at the filling station will cut the productivity hours of a young, energetic, insightful Nigerian. Nigeria is running a “generator economy” the problem of epileptic power supply and fuel scarcity are Siamese twins.

It's obvious a driver (entrepreneur) might not get to its destination (thrive) in present day Nigeria as seen from the myriads of problems clouding the growth and development of entrepreneurship in the country.

link comment answered Apr 19 '16 at 15:23 boboye New member

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