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    thre is/ there are?

    Dear all,

    1. There are no traffic lights on the road.
    2. There is no traffic lights on the road.

    I think #1 is grammatically correct because the subject(traffic lights) is plural.

    However, I sometimes see counter-examples such as "there is a lot of..." , "Imagine there's no countries (by John Lennon)", etc.

    Does that mean it doesn't matter whether you use are or is in reality?

    Thank you!

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    Re: thre is/ there are?

    In common, everyday use people will make errors.

    That's true in many facets of the language.

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    Re: thre is/ there are?

    You will see a lot of "There's" as a contraction with a plural noun following. You won't hear native speakers using "There is" with a plural noun following very often.

    However "a lot of" would take "There is" anyway.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: thre is/ there are?

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    However "a lot of" would take "There is" anyway.
    There are a lot of us who would disagree with that statement.

    There is a lot of disagreement about that.

    There are a number of us ...

    There are a few of us who ...

    There are many of us who ...

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    Re: thre is/ there are?

    You're right. I don't know why I wrote that.

    I must have been thinking of things like ""There is a lot of work to do" or "You have a lot of luggage!" where what there was a lot of was an uncountable/mass noun.

    Let me retract and rephrase: "A lot of" takes the singular when what follows would take the singular, and takes the plural when followed by a plural countable noun.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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