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    I see a difference between a couple and a couple of things.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    There are a couple of things....

    a couple of things = two things

    'things', plural, is the object, so the verb 'are' is plural, too.

    :D

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    Default Re: There is\are

    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea
    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    There are a couple of things....

    a couple of things = two things

    'things', plural, is the object, so the verb 'are' is plural, too.

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    That's the difference. :D

    We say a couple is. (That is because couple is seen as a unit, while a couple of phrases are construed as plural.) Example:

    • A couple is two.


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    In colloquial BE, the singular form is very common and, living in London, I have found myself saying it. It's another example of us being lax with singular and plural.

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    I've been thinking about this one and wondering which really is used more often--is or are. I think it is a bit muddled. I think here (USA) we most often use are with couple. On the other hand, it seems that with pair we most often use is.

    • There are a couple of people in the room.
      There are a couple of dogs running down the street.
      There is a pair of scissors in the drawer.
      There is a pair of socks on the bed.


    Interesting.

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    [Edited to put the "are" in the first sentence.]

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    There's a pair of socks in the drawer.
    There's a unit in the drawer.

    There's a couple of pairs of socks in the drawer.
    There are several units.

    They're a pair of thieves.
    They're a couple of thieves.

    :wink:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea
    There's a pair of socks in the drawer.
    There's a unit in the drawer.

    There's a couple of pairs of socks in the drawer.
    There are several units.

    They're a pair of thieves.
    They're a couple of thieves.

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    The first pair: both singular. The second pair: both plural? ("There's" is increasingly being used to mean "They are".) The third pair: both singular.

    What's the rule? Is there a rule?

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    Well, what is correct??? Is or are? Please reply.
    Have a nice day.

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    So , what is the correct . You haven`t give us the correct answer yet !

    I selected ( are) cause of ( things ) which is plural :) .

    I`m I true or false

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