NUMBER / AMOUNT

  • Number / Amount

The phrase a number of is followed by a plural verb:

A number of questions were raised.

Use large/ considerable / substantial modifiers. Never use a big number or a big amount.

There is a considerable amount of pollution in the city.

 

The phrase the number of is followed by a singular verb.

The number of burglaries has risen.

The number of people going abroad has increased.

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