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    #1

    There is a question here

    hey there,

    when do we use "there is" and when do we use "there are"?
    i thought we look at what follows, but i've been encountering examples where it's not the case (can't remember any right now)

    best!

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    Re: There is a question here

    **Neither a teacher nor a native speaker.**

    Quote Originally Posted by [number] View Post
    Hey there,
    When do we use "there is" and when do we use "there are"?
    I thought we look(ed) at what follows, but I've been encountering examples where it's not the case (can't remember any right now).

    Best (regards)!
    Remember to use capital letters

    There is a problem. -> One problem exists -> Singular
    There are problems. -> Several problems exist -> Plural
    There is a lot of water. -> You cannot count the water
    -> Singular
    There are many people. -> Several people; countable -> Plural
    There is some information. ->
    You cannot count the information -> Singular

    So, usually I would say:
    If the object is countable and plural, use are.
    If
    the object is countable but singular (one) or if it's not countable, use is.

    There is one exception.
    Some people say:
    There's a lot of problems.
    This is because it's almost impossible to hear the are if they say:
    There're a lot of problems.
    However, this more applies to the spoken English, but I've also read it several times so far.

    I would write some more examples, but it's 03:39 am here, and I'm going to sleep

    Cheers!

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