Which of the following is correct and why:
1) In my house, there were many toys.
2) In my house, there was many toys.
An answer with an explanation would be greatly appreciated.
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Answer #1 is correct; use the plural verb, were, because there are multiple toys.
In my house, there were many toys.
If you were talking about 1 pile of toys though, you would use "was," the singular verb, because there is 1, single pile. For example:
"There was a pile of toys on the living room floor!"
See this website for more help on the topic: https://writingexplained.org/was-vs-were-difference