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    there be sentences

    Choose the correct verb in the sentence:
    Ther (is, are) a light bulb and a screwdriver in the drawer.

    The key to this question is "are", I don't know why. Please help me with this question.

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    Re: there be sentences

    Quote Originally Posted by Yanz Jin View Post
    Choose the correct verb in the sentence:
    Ther (is, are) a light bulb and a screwdriver in the drawer.

    The key to this question is "are", I don't know why. Please help me with this question.
    (NOT A TEACHER) In your sentence, "there" is not the subject. It only introduces the sentence. Disregard "there" in your analysis. Put the other words in correct order: A light bulb and a screwdriver ARE in the drawer.

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    Re: there be sentences

    Quote Originally Posted by Yanz Jin View Post
    Choose the correct verb in the sentence:
    There (is, are) a light bulb and a screwdriver in the drawer.

    The key to this question is "are", I don't know why. Please help me with this question.
    You don't have to change the word order; the word order is not wrong. Just note how many things are in the drawer.

    The verb has to match the number of things in the drawer. One thing requires the singular verb "is" and two or more things require the plural verb "are".

    There is a light bulb in the drawer.
    There are a light bulb and a screwdriver in the drawer.

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    Re: there be sentences

    Quote Originally Posted by Yanz Jin View Post
    Choose the correct verb in the sentence:
    Ther (is, are) a light bulb and a screwdriver in the drawer.

    The key to this question is "are", I don't know why. Please help me with this question.
    "Is" is correct. Look at it like this "There is a lightbulb and (there is) a screwdriver in the drawer".

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    Re: there be sentences

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    "Is" is correct."There is a lightbulb and (there is) a screwdriver in the drawer".
    But that's a different sentence. And it raises the question of where (exactly) the light bulb is.

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