Which is more correct? There are a ton of jobs on the company's website...OR...There is a ton of jobs on the company's website? Thanks!

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    This is about whether a ton of jobs should be considered singular or plural, and there are good reasons for both positions. That's why we get a lot of questions here about quantifiers. But in this case there's a simpler solution. Since the sentence is phrased with There-Insertion, a contraction is preferred, and the singular contraction There's is simple to produce, while the plural There're is rare and difficult to pronounce. Since either would work uncontracted, pick the singular and contract it: There's a ton of jobs there. – John Lawler Sep 27 '18 at 20:11
  • I am afraid such sloppy/casual expressions as "a ton of jobs" are beyond the help of grammar. – David Sep 27 '18 at 22:04
  • Replace "ton" with "dozen" or "couple". – Hot Licks Sep 28 '18 at 0:53
  • I would say 'tons of' something rather than 'a ton', so the singular/plural question doesn't arise. – Kate Bunting Sep 28 '18 at 12:39

I'm pretty sure it's "There are a ton of jobs." See, since "jobs" is a plural of "job", you use "are".

Examples: He (singular) is getting a job VS. We (two or more people) are getting jobs.

The elephant (singular) is taking a bath VS. The elephants (plural) are taking baths.

Make sense? B)

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    I don't think the usage of is/are is dependent on "jobs", which is the object of the preposition. Directly, you're saying "There is a ton." Just like you'd say "There is a basket of flowers" and not "There are a basket of flowers," because even though "flowers" is plural, you're directly saying "There is a basket." (You would, however, say "There are baskets of flowers." Or "There are baskets of flour"—an uncountable noun this time!) – Tommy Tran Sep 28 '18 at 5:41

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