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    "There are" or "There is"?

    Example 1: There is a sofa in the living room.
    Example 2: There are sofas in the living room.

    I understand "a singular noun" comes after "There is" and "plural nouns" after "There are".

    However, how about in the following case in which a conjunction "and" comes in between nouns.

    Example 3: There is a sofa, a chair, and a table in the living room. (Is this correct??)
    Example 4: There are a sofa, a chair, and a table in the living room.

    I used to think that Example 4 was grammatically correct since there are three (not, one!) items
    mentioned in its sentence. Is my understanding wrong?

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    Re: "There are" or "There is"?

    The simple answer is, you'll hear both. Native speakers are likely to use "there is" because the first thing listed is singular.
    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: "There are" or "There is"?

    I see. I can use either one, correct?
    Hmmm, however, I wonder which is more grammatically correct? Both?!?

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