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

  • "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
    Commented Oct 28, 2013 at 18:55

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