Page 2 of 2 FirstFirst 1 2
Results 11 to 14 of 14

Thread: a lot of

  1. #11
    emsr2d2's Avatar
    emsr2d2 is offline Moderator
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • UK
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Posts
    24,956
    Post Thanks / Like

    Re: a lot of

    In an attempt to simplify the various posts so far, this is how I see the rules:

    When "a lot of" precedes a countable, plural noun, then it takes "There are"
    When "a lot of" precedes an uncountable noun, it takes "There is".

    There are a lot of people.
    There are a lot of children.
    There are a lot of languages in the world.
    There are a lot of stars in the sky.

    There is a lot of sand.
    There is a lot of water.
    There is a lot of money on the table.
    There is a lot of food in my fridge.

    Too simplistic?

  2. #12
    corum is offline Banned
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Interested in Language
      • Native Language:
      • Hungarian
      • Home Country:
      • Hungary
      • Current Location:
      • Hungary
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Posts
    1,121
    Post Thanks / Like

    Re: a lot of

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Too simplistic?
    No, you are correct. Informally, however, 'there is' is accepted with plural nouns.

  3. #13
    corum is offline Banned
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Interested in Language
      • Native Language:
      • Hungarian
      • Home Country:
      • Hungary
      • Current Location:
      • Hungary
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Posts
    1,121
    Post Thanks / Like

    Re: a lot of

    Quote Originally Posted by Nightmare85 View Post
    and now we have different opinions again
    That is the story of my life.

    There are two subjects in your sentence:

    1. there = grammatical subject, aka surface subject
    2. a lot of something = deep subject

    The verb has to agree with the deep subject.

  4. #14
    bertietheblue is offline Senior Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Other
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • UK
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Posts
    577
    Post Thanks / Like

    Re: a lot of

    Quote Originally Posted by corum View Post
    No, you are correct. Informally, however, 'there is' is accepted with plural nouns.
    Although it has to be said that, in almost all cases, this becomes "there's" when used informally.

Page 2 of 2 FirstFirst 1 2

Similar Threads

  1. quite a lot
    By user_gary in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 13-Mar-2007, 08:23
  2. There is or There are a lot of...
    By Alexandre Derezhenko in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 18-Dec-2005, 08:48
  3. A lot
    By Anonymous in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 25-Nov-2005, 12:38
  4. few of the many/ a lot
    By lisa*** in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 08-Oct-2005, 05:41
  5. Help: not whole lot
    By gogu in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 09-Sep-2005, 13:05

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •