Results 1 to 5 of 5

Thread: there is/are

    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Student or Learner
      • Native Language:
      • Turkish
      • Home Country:
      • Turkey
      • Current Location:
      • Turkey

    • Join Date: Nov 2011
    • Posts: 608
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #1

    there is/are

    Hello,

    -There is/are an apple and pears for dessert.

    -There is/are apples and a pear for dessert.

    -There is/are a dog and a few cats in the house.

    -There is/are a boy and a girl in the playground.


    Could you please tell me which one must I use in the sentences, 'is or are'?

    Thanks.

    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Interested in Language
      • Native Language:
      • Russian
      • Home Country:
      • Russian Federation
      • Current Location:
      • Russian Federation

    • Join Date: Nov 2012
    • Posts: 77
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #2

    Re: there is/are

    The choice depends on the first noun.

    -There
    is an apple and pears for dessert.

    -There are apples and a pear for dessert.

    -There is a dog and a few cats in the house.

    -There is a boy and a girl in the playground.

    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Student or Learner
      • Native Language:
      • Turkish
      • Home Country:
      • Turkey
      • Current Location:
      • Turkey

    • Join Date: Nov 2011
    • Posts: 608
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #3

    Re: there is/are

    Some people say that we must use 'are' because there are two things, but the others say that the choice depends on the first noun, which means, they agree with you. But yet, I don't know if they two are correct or not.
    Please help.

    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Retired English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • England
      • Current Location:
      • England

    • Join Date: Jun 2010
    • Posts: 16,061
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #4

    Re: there is/are

    Sergeyrais's answer is good enough for me.

    Rover

  1. 5jj's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Retired English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • England
      • Current Location:
      • Czech Republic

    • Join Date: Oct 2010
    • Posts: 28,167
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #5

    Re: there is/are

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    Sergeyrais's answer is good enough for me.

    Rover
    I think I could quite happily say:

    There are an apple and pears for dessert.
    There are a dog and a few cats in the house.
    There are a boy and a girl in the playground.


Posting Permissions

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