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    Default There is milk, juice and butter in the fridge

    Can I use "there is" when I list uncountable nouns?
    There is milk, juice and butter in the fridge.

    What about uncountable nouns and one countable noun in singular?
    There is a carrot, milk and ham in the fridge.

    What about several countable nouns in singular?
    There is a carrot, a banana and an orange in the fridge.

    I've already asked about "my favourite food" but I've got one more question.
    My favourite food is ham, milk, juice and water.
    Is it correct when I list only uncountable nouns?

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    Default Re: There is milk, juice and butter in the fridge

    Quote Originally Posted by angelene001 View Post
    Can I use "there is" when I list uncountable nouns?
    There is milk, juice and butter in the fridge.

    What about uncountable nouns and one countable noun in singular?
    There is a carrot, milk and ham in the fridge.

    What about several countable nouns in singular?
    There is a carrot, a banana and an orange in the fridge.

    I've already asked about "my favourite food" but I've got one more question.
    My favourite food is ham, milk, juice and water.
    Is it correct when I list only uncountable nouns?
    Again, the first lot are acceptable in AusE.
    "My favourite foodis ham, milk, juice and water." I wouldn't call that your favourite food. Maybe it's you favourite meal.

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    Default Re: There is milk, juice and butter in the fridge

    Can we say:
    There are milk, juice and butter in the fridge.
    When all nouns are uncountable.
    And:
    There are a carrot, a banana and an orange in the fridge.

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    Default Re: There is milk, juice and butter in the fridge

    Quote Originally Posted by angelene001 View Post
    Can we say:
    There are milk, juice and butter in the fridge.
    When all nouns are uncountable.
    And:
    There are a carrot, a banana and an orange in the fridge.
    You could, but I don't think it would be as common. If someone has a difference opinion, maybe there are regional preferences.

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    Default Re: There is milk, juice and butter in the fridge

    As an NES (BrE) but not an English teacher:

    1. "There is milk, juice and butter in the fridge." works fine for me.
    2a. I would rephrase as: "There is milk, ham and a carrot in the fridge." or:
    2b. "There is milk, ham, a carrot and a tomato in the fridge."
    3. Fine by me as written.
    4. I would rephrase as: "My favourite foods are ham, milk, juice and water."

    Raymott just beat me to the post - mine merely adds a bit to his post.

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    Default Re: There is milk, juice and butter in the fridge

    Quote Originally Posted by angelene001 View Post
    Can we say:
    There are milk, juice and butter in the fridge.
    When all nouns are uncountable.
    And:
    There are a carrot, a banana and an orange in the fridge.
    I understand that you could, but I personally wouldn't. I'd rephrase it to say: "There's. ..."

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