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    #11

    Re: a lot of

    In an attempt to simplify the various posts so far, this is how I see the rules:

    When "a lot of" precedes a countable, plural noun, then it takes "There are"
    When "a lot of" precedes an uncountable noun, it takes "There is".

    There are a lot of people.
    There are a lot of children.
    There are a lot of languages in the world.
    There are a lot of stars in the sky.

    There is a lot of sand.
    There is a lot of water.
    There is a lot of money on the table.
    There is a lot of food in my fridge.

    Too simplistic?

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    #12

    Re: a lot of

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Too simplistic?
    No, you are correct. Informally, however, 'there is' is accepted with plural nouns.

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    #13

    Re: a lot of

    Quote Originally Posted by Nightmare85 View Post
    and now we have different opinions again
    That is the story of my life.

    There are two subjects in your sentence:

    1. there = grammatical subject, aka surface subject
    2. a lot of something = deep subject

    The verb has to agree with the deep subject.

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    #14

    Re: a lot of

    Quote Originally Posted by corum View Post
    No, you are correct. Informally, however, 'there is' is accepted with plural nouns.
    Although it has to be said that, in almost all cases, this becomes "there's" when used informally.

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