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“There’s” or “There are”?

I have this sentence in my thesis:

"There is likely to be rapid changes and new approaches to this problem in the near future."

I can't figure out whether that "is" is correct, or should be "are". It sounds wrong, because of the plural "changes", but it would sound correct in in "There is likely to be rapid change..." (no plural). Does that plural change change the verb conjugation?

What's the rule here, and why does this sentence sound weird?

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    The rule is that the verb must agree with the subject: changes are, change is. – Jim Sep 18 '12 at 7:11
  • There is a book, there are books. There is a change, there are changes. And so on. "Are" is correct. (Okay, I agree that it's an odd construction, but the same rule applies.) – Billy Sep 18 '12 at 7:16
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    Here, "are" is correct. Use "There is" for something singular, and "there are" for something plural. – user16269 Sep 18 '12 at 7:28