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    piyawanclark is offline Newbie
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    Smile Re: There is\are

    Hi Everybody I am interested in this website and would like to learn more about English.

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    Default Re: There is\are

    is

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    Default Re: There is\are

    I think that the correct answer is there is acouple of things

    because (couple) singular so if it is 2 couples or more we can say that there are 2 couples of.....whaterver


    I don't know if my answer is correct so tha English native speakers should help us here to understand this point

    Best Wishes

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    Default Re: There is\are

    I would say, "there are a couple of things I need to do" rather than, "there is a couple of things I need to do", but I would be more likely still to say simply "there's a couple of things I need to do".

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    Smile Re: There is\are

    Well....

    In my opinion there's a couple of things I need to do. It's correct

    Because as someone else said couple refers to a unite

    Plural will be There're many things I need to do many refers to more than two things and couple is an uncountable noun also.

    I'll wait for your comments....

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    Red face Re: There is\are

    I ain't a native one
    but all I know when there's a sentence using 'a' or 'an' in front of a noun, it means singular

    there ... a couple of things I need to do
    So, I choosed is instead of are

    It was confusing for me when seeing 'things' (plural) after 'a couple' (singular), could someone explain to me, please? :D

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    Default Re: There is\are

    Quote Originally Posted by Andi Pangeran View Post
    I ain't a native one
    but all I know when there's a sentence using 'a' or 'an' in front of a noun, it means singular

    there ... a couple of things I need to do
    So, I chose is instead of are

    It was confusing for me when seeing 'things' (plural) after 'a couple' (singular), could someone explain to me, please? :D
    "A couple of" has two different meanings. If it refers to two things or two people of the same kind, it is considered as a unit. Then we use a singular verb: There is a couple of things.... If it refers to "several or a few" individual things, then we can use a plural verb: There are a couple of things...

    Look at the following sentences:

    There is a pair of shoes in the box.
    A number of students are absent from class.
    The number of unemployed people is astonishing.

    But when we see definite collective nouns considered as a unit in structures like a bunch of, an army of, a bundle of, a herd of, or a fleet of followed by a plural noun, we usually use a singular verb.

    For example,

    A fleet of ships was floating in the harbor.
    A herd of cows was walking across the road.

    I hope this helps!

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    Default Re: There is\are

    "Couple" means "two" but "a couple of" can refers to "several" instead of just "two". For example, I can say "a couple of things to do" when I want to say "several things to do".

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    Default Re: There is\are

    Quote Originally Posted by thincat View Post
    "Couple" means "two" but "a couple of" can refers to "several" instead of just "two". For example, I can say "a couple of things to do" when I want to say "several things to do".
    Thank you, but this comment has nothing to do with whether "is" or "are" is the correct choice.

    (And I disagree. While "a couple of" could mean "a few" it does not mean "several.")
    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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    Default Re: There is\are

    "is" is using for singular,'n' are for plural
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