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    Default is / are

    In front of him is / are the chair and the
    tables.

    There is / are a chair and tables in front of him.

    Which verbs should be used in the above sentences?

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    In front of him are the chair and the tables.

    There are a chair and a few/two/... tables in front of him.

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    Default Re: is / are

    Quote Originally Posted by kohyoongliat View Post
    In front of him is / are the chair and the
    tables.

    There is / are a chair and tables in front of him.

    Which verbs should be used in the above sentences?

    There is a table and chairs around it. In the above sentences you should use after "in front of" are
    and after "there" is. We say there is when it is followed by a singular noun and we say there are when it is followed by a plural noun.

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    Default Re: is / are

    Quote Originally Posted by kohyoongliat View Post
    In front of him is / are the chair and the
    tables.

    There is / are a chair and tables in front of him.

    Which verbs should be used in the above sentences?
    You mean which verb form?

    In front of him is / are the chair and the
    tables.

    Which of 'there is' and 'there are' I choose comes down solely to the way I look at the items: as separate items or part of a set.

    In front of him is (the set of) (the chair and the tables) (set of furniture)
    In front of him is the chair and (are) the tables
    --------
    There is a chair and (there are) tables in front of him. -- items
    There is (a chair and tables) in front of him. -- set

    Hope that helps, Yong

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    Default Re: is / are

    Hi members

    I'm really confused because of the different answers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kohyoongliat View Post
    Hi members

    I'm really confused because of the different answers.
    See M.Swan "Practical English Usage" page 574 (there is/are).

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    Hi Harry

    Many thanks for your reply to my second query.

    For the first query (below), which verb should be used?

    In front of him is / are the chair and the tables.

    Thanks in advance

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    Quote Originally Posted by kohyoongliat View Post
    Hi Harry

    Many thanks for your reply to my second query.

    For the first query (below), which verb should be used?

    In front of him is / are the chair and the tables.

    Thanks in advance
    Like many native speakers I also consider both acceptable.

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    Default Re: is / are

    Thanks, Harry, for your reply.

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    You will regret (it) later if you continue to neglect your studiesl

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