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I have a question, which one of these sentences would be grammatically correct, or can they both be?

  1. There is two of us here.

Or,

  1. There are two of us here.

marked as duplicate by Andrew Leach Mar 3 '15 at 6:59

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  • An answer at that target question suggests replacing with pronouns: "There we is"; "there we are". It's not exactly the same question (duplicates never are; questions which are exactly the same are merged), but it's analogous enough to provide the answer. There may be other similar questions, as this has come up many times before. – Andrew Leach Mar 3 '15 at 7:02
  • @AndrewLeach "There we is"; "there we are". <== Those "there" words in your examples seem to perhaps be preposed locative complements, not the existential "there" as in the OP's examples. Also, the linked to "duplicate thread" doesn't seem to have info on the existential construction, which is what the OP's question involves. – F.E. Mar 3 '15 at 8:36
  • I'm voting to re-open this thread, so that if it gets closed again, it might get linked to a thread that has a decent answer to the OP's question. – F.E. Mar 3 '15 at 8:41
  • @F I'm positive it's a duplicate. Maybe there are better examples than the one I found: “There Is”/“There are” depends on plurality of the first list element or not? perhaps. – Andrew Leach Mar 3 '15 at 9:16
  • @AndrewLeach This has been linked to an unrelated question. This is not helpful for anybody on the site. – Araucaria Mar 3 '15 at 9:57

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