NUMBER / AMOUNT
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- 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.