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  1. Cicely
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    'There is' 'There are'

    'There is a boy and a girl.'
    'There are a boy and a girl.'

    Which sentence is correct?

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    #2

    Re: 'There is' 'There are'

    Both are technically correct, though the first sounds much more natural to me because using a plural verb before the indefinite article sounds weird.


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    Technically correct?! Smart!

    I can omit the second indefinite in "there is a boy and a girl in the room", right?

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    #4

    Re: 'There is' 'There are'

    Right-ish.


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    Appreciated-ish.

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    #6

    Re: 'There is' 'There are'

    If they were a couple, then the omission would be found, but if they were two spearate individuals, I think they might both merit an article. Better-ish?


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    #7

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    Nein! Muddy-ish!

    How about "there's a chair and blackboard in the classroom"? Are they in any way couple-ish?
    Last edited by blacknomi; 14-May-2005 at 19:26.


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    #8

    Re: 'There is' 'There are'

    Blacknomi,

    I believe that your post is on the waiting list. Please be patient and if that's that, keep in mind that the rule of forming indefinite articles is simply infinitely indefinite.


    Yours,
    Tizz-ish

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    #9

    Re: 'There is' 'There are'

    Chair/blackboard- they go together in the context of a classroom, don't they. Maybe they're not married, but they are certainly a bit of a pair. Anyway, purists prefer the balance a second article would give, while others save themselves a syllable by dropping it. The rules are, as you so rightly say, indefinite.


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    #10

    Re: 'There is' 'There are'

    Thanks, as always!

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