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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    Many toys is plural, so you would use a plural verb. – oerkelens Aug 2 '18 at 8:38
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    Take a hint: Were (plural verb) and Was (singular verb). So, for plural noun (many toys) which one you will use? – Ubi hatt Aug 2 '18 at 8:48
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    Exam questions may be off topic. – Kris Aug 2 '18 at 8:57

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

Best wishes!

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