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    #1

    What is there on the table?

    Could you tell me which of the following dialogues is correct?
    Dialogue One:

    A: What is there on the table?
    B: There are two books on the table.

    Dialogue Two

    A: What are there on the table?
    B: There are two books on the table


    Thanks a lot.

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    Re: What is there on the table?

    Quote Originally Posted by Peter Chung View Post
    Could you tell me which of the following dialogues is correct?
    Dialogue One:

    A: What is there on the table?
    B: There are two books on the table.

    Dialogue Two

    A: What are there on the table?
    B: There are two books on the table


    Thanks a lot.
    Dialogue One is correct. Native speakers don't say, "What are there on the table?" They could grammatically, but they don't.

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    Re: What is there on the table?

    I agree that only number 1 is grammatically correct, but note that you are far more likely to hear just "What is (or What's) on the table?", to which the answers could still be "There is a book ..." or "There are two books..."

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