# Is $\infty + 1 > \infty$?

This is part of a series on common misconceptions.

Is this true or false?

$\infty + 1 > \infty$

**Why some people say it's true:** Adding one to any number always makes it bigger.

**Why some people say it's false:** Infinity is not a real number, so this arithmetic is not valid. Also, according to the infinity rules, $x + \infty = \infty$, with $x$ is any real number. Hence, $\infty + 1 = \infty$

The statement is $\color{#D61F06}{\textbf{false}}$.

Proof:We cannot do ANY ARITHMETIC OPERATION with infinity, since it is a concept, not a number.

But let's take a look at the limit to prove it is wrong.

Let $\lim_{x\to\infty}{f(x)} = \infty$ and $\lim_{x\to\infty}{g(x)} = 1$

We have: $\lim_{x\to\infty}{f(x)} + \lim_{x\to\infty}{g(x)} = \lim_{x\to\infty}{(f(x)+g(x))} = \infty + 1 = \infty$

Hence, the statement is $\color{#D61F06}{\textbf{false}}$.

Rebuttal: But what if you have a very large number, say, $x = 3141592653589\dots$, will it be larger than infinity?

Reply: You may want to see Is $\infty + \infty > \infty$ ?

Rebuttal: If you cannot do any arithmetic operation with infinity, what does $\infty + 1 = \infty$ mean in your proof?

Reply:That means you use the one of the properties of infinity to evaluate the limit of a function.

**See Also**

**Cite as:**Is $\infty + 1 > \infty$?.

*Brilliant.org*. Retrieved from https://brilliant.org/wiki/is-infty-1-infty/