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Questions tagged [there-is]

Questions about the existential "there," as found in phases like "Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus."

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Are there/Is there a book and two pens?

What is the correct variant to ask "there+be" questions about several objects? Is there a book and two pens? or Are there a book and two pens? According to the rule I know, we should say "there is" ...
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“There is” at the end of a sentence [closed]

In an english-learning magazine there is a sentence like "Tourism is the biggest industry There is." It is the first time i have seen "there is" at the end of a sentence. Is it correct and means ...
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Use “There is” for plurals [duplicate]

I've heard somewhere that in American English we can use either "There is" or "There are" for plurals. Is it true? The idea was about "There are" isn't used in American English instead of "There are" ...
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'There are' or 'there is' [duplicate]

OK so I was writing a sentence to explain that there are three holes at the same angular position on a wheel (different radii). I started to write; 'there are more than one hole at each angular ...
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'were there in the area' or 'were in the area'

I know that 'there' in the beginning of a sentence is called dummy subject but can it also be used somewhere else in the sentence? I came across this sentence "As the reports confirm that armed ...
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There is a cow and two sheep [duplicate]

There is a cow and two sheep. The sentence above has caused me some problems. I’ve studied all Murphy’s Grammar books, but couldn’t find a particular rule or exception for this case. My teacher ...
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There is no activity since a to b or No activity since a to b? [closed]

It's used in the app's interface. I wonder if omitting there is/there are is not a grammatical mistake and sounds native (I'm not a native speaker). So, which do you think will sound better in a ...
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Short answer to Are there

Could you please answer with reference to grammar books What is the answer to questions with "Are there..." when you already know that you are going to speak about someone or something singular. (...
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“There is” or “There are”: which is appropriate before “a whole slew of academic articles”? [duplicate]

There are a whole slew of academic articles. To me, it seems that this sentence should say "There is a whole slew of academic articles," because the agreement should be with "slew." But I'm having a ...
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Can we use There is + proper noun?

We know that we can say: There is a play at the theater tonight. But can we say: There is Hamlet at the theater tonight. The last sentence sounds a bit odd, but it's not clear why. Is this ...
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There “is” or “are” a wealth of opportunities? [duplicate]

Which is correct: "there ARE a wealth of opportunities" or "there IS a wealth of opportunities?"
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Can locative “there” be omitted when the location is explicit? [duplicate]

Is In the park is a tree. grammatical as In the park there is a tree. ? Moreover, how about inaccusative verbs like: In the park sits a dog. ? Thanks for any help.
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There being and there to be

Now and then I come across the constructions indicated in the heading. I'm a bit puzzled regarding their usage as a complement: I don't want there to be any more trouble. I'd like there to be more ...
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Subjunctive Usage: If there were your help

I am an assistant English teacher in Japan. My JTE (Japanese Teacher of English) was asking me questions about the subjunctive mood. We were talking about sentences such as: Were it not for your ...
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“There had emerged” <— What does “there” mean here? [duplicate]

There had emerged on the steppes of Inner Eurasia the distinctive types of pastoralism that were to dominate the region’s history for several millennia. I have questions about the excerpt above: ...
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Omitting “there is/are” [closed]

I've been thinking about using "there are." Is it necessary here? There are flowers on the bed. - this is okay. Flowers are on the bed. - what about this? Can I use it instead of "there are..."? ...
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“It's cold outside” vs. “There is cold outside”

Why don't we use "there is" when we're talking about cold outside? What is the difference in meaning between "it's cold outside" and "there is cold outside"? Update. Let me explain my question a bit....
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Noun or adverb function of “There” in “There is X, Y and Z”

In the sentence below, is there an adverb telling where (giving the location), or a noun as the subject? There are many people on the beach.
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Subject + there + verb

Currently, I read Paradise Lost of John Milton and I found a grammatical structure I have not met yet. The sentence is: Pandemonium, the palace of Satan, rises, suddenly built out of the deep: the ...
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Is it Ok to place a prepositional phrase before 'there is/are'?

In the center of the room there is a column. vs. There is a column in the center of the room. If both are grammatical, is there a preferable way? Does context or style influence the choice? -- ...
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There's none or there 'are' none? [duplicate]

I see this usage in every-day language, as well as in television, and I think I am seeing mistakes: If I am talking about a scenario like this: "There used to be pencils in the office. Now, there's ...
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“There appears to be” or “There appear to be” + plural noun phrase

I'm wondering which of these is correct: There appears to be no functional systems in place to handle this. There appear to be no functional systems in place to handle this. First takes "there"...
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Yet another there is vs there are [duplicate]

The question about the correct use of there is vs there are pops up quite often. However I couldn't find any reference to a case similar to the one below. My wife is writing a crochet pattern with ...
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Is it right to ask “how many minutes are there from one place to the other?” [closed]

Can we ask "how many minutes are from ...to" by omitting "there"?
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there + semantic verb

What semantic verbs are used with there besides the verb to be? I'm looking for the cases when there is used as a formal subject. For example in: There came a knock There comes a point in life
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“There (are/were/is/was) no pus or polyps.” Which is correct?

Someome asked me which of these sentences is correct: There are no pus or polyps. Or There were no pus or polyps. Honestly, both sound wrong to me. I'd say, there was neither pus nor polyps. ...
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'There are you and me' versus 'There's you and me'

My friend (a native English speaker) and I (a non-native) were working on song lyrics when I came up with the following verse: 'There are just your voice and mine' He suggested changing 'are' to 'is'...
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“There is” and “there's” used before a plural word [duplicate]

I was just wondering how can you use "there is" followed by a word that is in plural, e.g "There's cupcakes in the fridge" and "There is a couple of things we can do --" Is it just slang?
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Ways of conveying existence other than 'there is.' [closed]

What are some different ways of stating existence in a sentence (does not necessarily have to be one/short clause) other than clichés such as there is/are, there exists ... How may these sentence ...
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“Is” or “are” when one item is singular, the other plural [duplicate]

Would you say: There is no fire or hot ashes in the fireplace. or There are no fire or hot ashes in the fireplace. And where does that question mark go?
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Is “there's no chance” the subject in “… there’s no chance she will change her mind”?

She’s very determined and there’s no chance she will change her mind. I try to understand what is "there's no chance" in the sentence. e.g. is that subject? etc.
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ARE or IS in the sentence [duplicate]

"There is a kitchen and a bedroom in their house." "There is a table and 14 chairs in my room."
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Direct and indirect objects in the sentences

In the sentence, There is a full moon in the sky. ... will the sky be treated as the object in the sentence?
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Correct vs. incorrect usage of “there were + [number] noun + verb” patterns

I am having a problem figuring out what exactly makes the following sentences incorrect, and what is different in comparison with the correct sentences below. (I am not a native English speaker, but I ...
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“There is the man.” Is *there* an adverb or pronoun?

According to Dictionary.com there adverb in or at that place (opposed to here ): She is there now. pronoun (used to introduce a sentence or clause in which ...
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“There is” or “There are” a large quantity of people? [duplicate]

There is a large quantity of people. There are a large quantity of people. Are both correct?
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“There is” or “There are” followed by a conjunction

I recently wrote the expression: There is a X in Y and a Z in W... When I received the galley proof on the paper in which I wrote this, it had been changed to: There are a X in Y and a Z in W......
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“There's no point” vs. “it's no point”

I came across this English test question: You aren't allowed to use your mobile so ________. it's no point in leaving it on [my answer] there's no point in leaving it on [correct ...
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Was/were plural [duplicate]

Trying to write a report for my work, I know that if I reconstructed this sentence it would be "were", but with the way it is written now, which way would be right? There was a total of 652 ...
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Is it “is” or “are” in “There is/are two of us here”? [duplicate]

I have a question, which one of these sentences would be grammatically correct, or can they both be? There is two of us here. Or, There are two of us here.
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What is the grammatical subject in these phrases: “what is there to eat?” and “who is at the door”

If I say "there's something to eat, most analyses I have seen seem to imply that the pronoun "there" is the grammatical subject in similar existential sentences (but not all sentences with "there + be"...
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There's and enumeration [duplicate]

There is one cup, one plate, and one spoon in the drawer or There are one cup, one plate, and one spoon in the drawer Which one should i use? There's sounds more natural, but I feel like I'm ...
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“How much X is in Y?” vs “How much X is there in Y?”

First: How much money is there in a bank? Second: How much money is in a bank? Honestly, both of them are the same for me, but who knows.. I am not a native speaker.
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“There is X ways to…” vs “There are X ways to…”

I wrote an essay and returned it to my teacher who told me that it was perfect except for that one mistake with the usage of there are: There are currently 192 218 546 ways to set up..." She ...
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What's the subject of “There is my biscuit!” ? And how about “There is one biscuit left”?

What's the subject, grammatically speaking, of these sentences? There is my biscuit! My biscuit is there! There is one biscuit left. I don't really know how to analyze these. The following ...
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Grammaticality of “What is there there?”

If someone says I am going to the market I may ask What is there at the market? If someone says I am going to the bookstore I may ask What is there at the bookstore? If someone says ...
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Confusing rule about subject-verb agreement

I am currently working through "The Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation" by Jane Straus. In the section on subject-verb agreement the author describes a rule for sentences that begin with "there" or "...
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What part of speech is “there”, as in “…there could be” [duplicate]

Consider this sentence: There could be a chance. What part of speech is the word there in this sentence?
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“She laughed as though there (was/were) a chance he might have said anything else.” [duplicate]

Would I use 'was' or 'were' here? She laughed as though there was/were a chance he might have said anything else. (I read about the difference between was and were, but I can't apply it to this ...
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There is vs There are [duplicate]

I'm aware of (multitudinous) related, similar questions concerning this, but I still feel tentative for the following example. I also referenced http://www.quickanddirtytips.com/education/grammar/...