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  1. Newbie
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    There was/There were

    Which is correct:

    "There was cake and ice cream to eat."
    or
    "There were cake and ice cream to eat."

    The first one sounds correct to me, but since cake and ice cream are two things, I think it might be the second one.

    Is there a special rule that applies here?


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    Re: There was/There were

    Quote Originally Posted by dizzy67 View Post
    Which is correct:

    "There was cake and ice cream to eat."
    or
    "There were cake and ice cream to eat."

    The first one sounds correct to me, but since cake and ice cream are two things, I think it might be the second one.

    Is there a special rule that applies here?
    "When a clause begins with one of these expressions, the verb should agree with the first noun or pronoun after the verb, as long as that noun or pronoun is not part of a modifying phrase or clause."

    CHAPTER 12 SUBJECT-VERB AGREEMENT


    Example: There was a Captain and six soldiers behind the cannon.

  2. Dawood Usmani's Avatar
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    #3

    Re: There was/There were

    Smart!!!!!


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    Re: There was/There were

    Quote Originally Posted by dawoodusmani View Post
    Smart!!!!!

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