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What grammar is used in “are there” for not a question & “is a compromise view” without a subject?

I have found 2 sentences in a law book, but I cannot figure out what grammar rules are used in them. Please advise. 1.) In no state, however, are there [what rule, why such order of the words?] ...
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“there were enough room” or “there was enough room”

Which is the correct verb, should it be singular or plural? 1.) "There were enough room." or 2.) "There was enough room."
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There is / are; Questions > Answers; is > are ; are >is

If someone asks me Are there any phones in the room? Can I answer yes there is / no there isn't to possible indicate .... let's say that there's just one phone or none or for any other reason If ...
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Which verbs apart from the pure copula follow the existential 'there'?

The existential 'there' is usually followed by a form of the verb 'to be', used as a pure copula. For instance, rather than saying, a wrench is on the bench, you'd say there's a wrench on the bench. ...
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There is (there's) vs.There are

What are the roots of the creeping usage of "there's" for both singular and plural predicates? (This seems to be more common in spoken English.) I have 2 theories. Perhaps it is because spoken ...
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In “set of reasons that” what does *that* modify?

Suppose that there is a survey of people asking them their reasons for thinking or behaving a certain way. While analyzing the survey results, a researcher may discuss all the different reasons the ...
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What is the difference when we change the position of adverbs?

Would you possibly readily elaborate the reason why you do not say A book is there on the table. instead of There is a book on the table. ?
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there is a lot or there are a lot? over here or at here? [duplicate]

I am an English learner. While I was watching a documentary video, this caption really confused me a lot. Is it correct to say there is a lot? I thought it is supposed to be there are a lot. Also, ...
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“Here is/are” followed by plural

Here is the documents needed. Here are the documents needed. Which is grammatically correct and why? My guess would be the second one because of the plural form.
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“There is a lot of food and fruit” vs. “there are a lot of food and fruit” [duplicate]

Which of the following sentences is correct: There is a lot of food and fruit in the supermarket. There are a lot of food and fruit in the supermarket.
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“There Is”/“There are” depends on plurality of the first list element or not?

It seems I put a stick in the anthill at ELL. Bounty assigned by outside party, two lengthy, reference-citing answers, one "-1" (awarded the bounty), one "-2", two others scored "0" and "-2" ...
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“There is an apple and an orange” or “there are an apple and an orange”? [duplicate]

There is an apple and an orange on the table. There are an apple and an orange on the table. Which is grammatical?
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“There's a bear here”- is there a better way to say it?

It is very common for people to say something like "There's a bear here". However, I don't think that this is correct, because a bear cannot be both "there" and "here" at the same time (barring any ...
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Would 'There are 300,000 dollars in my bank account' be correct usage? [duplicate]

Would using there are instead of there is be acceptable in utterances that talk about quantity? For example, There are 300,000 dollars in my account. There are 20 gallons of petrol in my ...
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“Why are there more of them” vs. “why is there more of them” [duplicate]

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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There is/are + articles

Could I use "the" after "there is/are"? E.g.: There is the book on the table. There are the books on the table. Or it must be: There is a book on the table. There are books on the table.
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There is (are) + countable plural nouns [duplicate]

I keep hearing from native speakers the phrases like these: There is a lot of cars (books, hotels) There is a couple of cars (books, hotels) There is five (ten, etc.) of cars (books, hotels) There is ...
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Why put the verb before the subject?

The opening sentence to The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien reads, In a hole in the ground there lived [verb] a hobbit [subject]. I wonder if there are accepted stylistic purposes for such a structure. ...
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Verb agreement of “heaps”/“lots”: uncountable nouns

I am a non-native English speaker and I recently started noticing that most people do not do the correct agreement of the verb with the noun when saying "there is"/"there was"/"here is". They say, for ...
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Negatives with “a” or “any”

Are both these sentences correct? There isn’t a cat in the kitchen. There isn’t any cat in the kitchen.
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OK to use two “there”s in a sentence?

A teacher once told me that it is improper to use two there words in a sentence, such as There is a woman there. or Is there a man there? and instead state A woman is there. or ...
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“There’s” or “There are”?

I wanted to get the usage of There’s clarified. I have read sentences like: There’s a lot of projects on that topic. It appears to me that There’s applies to a lot of projects, rather than to ...
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Should it be 'Is there are' or 'are there'?

I am confused between 'Is there are' and 'are there' which one of them is correct? For example 'Is there are/are there any time before 1 o'clock?' Thank you.
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“'There is'/'There are' several …” in this sentence

I was interested in the following sentence which appeared in an article titled “HORSE MARKET" in The New York Times (Dec. 4, 1861). There is several first-class draught horses in market, held at ...
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Is ‘There is no there there’ a normal and very natural expression?

Is ‘There is no there there’ a normal and very natural expression? I was amused to find the phrase, ‘There is no there there’ in the article titled, ‘Wrong resume’ in today’s New York Times ...
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Subject–verb agreement — two schools of thought?

I wrote a sentence for our web site that was submitted for proofreading. The proofreader "corrected" my sentence. I asked how sure he was that he was correct and that I was incorrect. He explained ...
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“There is no problem” or “there isn't any problem” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: “There is no point in” or “There is not a point in” What's the difference between there is no problem and there isn't any problem? Are they both ...
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Consistency of “There is the same number of elements in… as there are in…”

I'm proofreading this in a friend's paper: There is the same number of elements in the set of odd numbers as there are in the even numbers. The same number is singular and it's the thing being ...
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Is it correct to say “There's many a …”? [closed]

Today on GUARDIAN life&style is this teaser: There's many a garden outbuilding crying out for a makeover. I'm wondering if this sentence is correct. I think there either should many be ...
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Mixing plural and singular list items with a single verb

A friend wants to write, There is no hardware to purchase, no additional software to install and no key fobs to worry about. This is awkward because the verb "is" doesn't match up with the third ...
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Should I say “there is a handful of…” or “there are a handful of…”?

I want to write that I have handful of somethings. Which of these is the correct form? There is a handful of somethings. There are a handful of somethings. Are both correct?
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Using “there're” to abbreviate “there are” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is “there're” (similar to “there's”) a correct contraction? Since using there's for a plural object would be incorrect, would it be ...
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Is the sentence “There is a large number of labourers who want to migrate to Japan for work.” correct? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: A number of questions “has been” or “have been” asked? There is a large number of labourers who want to migrate to Japan for work. I type ...
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“There are a couple of apples” or “there is a couple of apples”?

You have only one couple of apples, so it's singular. There are multiple apples, so it's plural. Which one is right, "there are a couple of apples" or "there is a couple of apples"? I have seen both ...
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There is/are one or several apple/~s?

To be clear, among There is one or several apple. There are one or several apple. There is one or several apples. There are one or several apples. which is correct? My guess: ...
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“There always come/comes a point”

Which is correct? There always come a point... There always comes a point... Would there be better ways to write this?
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What part of speech is 'there' in this sentence?

What part of speech is there in the sentence "There is a book on the table?" Also, while typing it out, another question pops up vis-a-vis punctuation. In my complete first sentence above, I ended it ...
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“There is/are more than one”. What's the difference?

While adding to an Answer to this question, I needed to use the above phrase, and I suddenly realised I was unsure whether to write "is" or "are". There is more than one way to skin a cat. If there ...
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“Is there” versus “Are there”

Are there any questions I should be asking? Is there any articles available on the subject? My instinct is that in the two questions above, it should be 'are' as the subjects of the sentences ...
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How to choose verb after “there” in beginning of sentence?

Cambridge "Advanced Grammar in Use" provides following rule in Unit 95C: If the noun phrase consists of two or more nouns in a list, we use a singular verb if the first noun is singular or ...
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“There already is” or “There is already”

What is the correct word order of the verb to be and already? There is already a price tag. Or: There already is a price tag.
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“There is” or “there are”? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: “There are so many” vs. “There is so many” I know this is correct: There's no problem. But what if it was plural, i.e. problems? Would this ...
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“Is there any proof” versus “are there any proofs”

The stack exchange question "Is there any concrete-solid proofs of this space odyssey?" made me want to edit it to remove the s in proofs (someone with enough flair did), however it made me wonder ...
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Is “there're” (similar to “there's”) a correct contraction?

Q: "Do you have any juice?" A: "Yes, there's some in the fridge." Sounds perfectly fine to me, but: Q: "Do you have any towels?" A: "Yes, there's some in the closet." Does not. I asked ...
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Is “means” plural or singular?

Which is correct? There is no means to listen what he is saying. There are no means to listen what he is saying.
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“There is no rule” vs. “there isn't rule”

What are the differences between the two sentences below: There is no rule. There isn't rule.
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“There are so many” vs. “There is so many”

There are so many questions on this website. There is so many questions on this website. The former "sounds right," but the contracted form of the latter does as well: There's so many ...
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There are no comments / There is no comment

Which is correct? * "There are no comments." * "There is no comment." Which would you use for a web application, i.e. what to display when a blog post or an article has no comment attached? ...
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Which is correct: “There are not any employees” vs. “there is not any employee”

Sometimes I see two variants of following sentence: "there are not any employees" in the department "there is not any employee" in the department What is the correct sentence?