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"There is an apple and an orange" or "there are an apple and an orange"? [duplicate]

There is an apple and an orange on the table. There are an apple and an orange on the table. Which is grammatical?
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uncountable noun + and + uncountable noun [duplicate]

Which sounds better? There is water and butter in my fridge. There are water and butter in my fridge. I think it should be: is. But what if we said: How much flour and butter is needed to make a ...
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Singular or plural verb when referring to an individual and then a group [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Singular or plural following a list Mixing plural and singular list items with a single verb Which is correct? The Mayor and City Council has... The Mayor and City ...
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Do I use IS or ARE in this sentence? [duplicate]

"John Smith and all of us at ABC Corp ARE proud to support..." or "John Smith and all of us at ABC Corp IS proud to support..."
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Subject verb agreement conjunction-countable and uncountable nouns [duplicate]

There were grapes and coffee on the table. There were coffee and grapes on the table. There was grapes and coffee on the table. There was coffee and grapes on the table. The ones in bold sound correct ...
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"What {is/are} the meaning and connotations of this phrase?" Which is correct here, "is" or "are"? [duplicate]

Consider the question: What is/are the meaning and connotations of this phrase? Clearly you would say: What is the meaning of this phrase? What are connotations of this phrase? and obviously you ...
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"There Is"/"There are" depends on plurality of the first list element or not?

It seems I put a stick in the anthill at ELL. Bounty assigned by outside party, two lengthy, reference-citing answers, one "-1" (awarded the bounty), one "-2", two others scored "0" and "-2" ...
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"This chapter, and the following chapters in this section" — singular or plural?

I have some technical documentation that has the phrase: This chapters describes how to... And I need to upgrade it to refer to the current and following chapters. What is the correct English ...
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Mixing countability; how to correctly say "there is plenty of rice, earthquakes and typhoons"?

In this question I wrote the following sentence, knowing full well that it has problems. Where I live right now there is plenty of rice, earthquakes and typhoons. Both earthquake and typhoon are ...
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Are "there is" and "there are" with a compound subject, both correct? [duplicate]

Good pm, I would like to be further clarified if the following sentences are correct or incorrect, but I believe both are correct. There is a cat and a dog. There are a dog and a cat. My point ...
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