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I was writing this sentence:

Why are there more of them on some nights than on others?

Is is or are correct here? I was told that is is correct, but to me, are sounds better.

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marked as duplicate by RegDwigнt Oct 28 '13 at 19:00

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You indeed use "are" because "them" is a plural noun.

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"Them" is not a noun. And "there is" for plural is non-standard but perfectly common and grammatical, as has been covered many times over on this site. – RegDwigнt Oct 28 '13 at 18:55

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