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Hi Everybody I am interested in this website and would like to learn more about English.
I think that the correct answer is there is acouple of things
because (couple) singular so if it is 2 couples or more we can say that there are 2 couples of.....whaterver
I don't know if my answer is correct so tha English native speakers should help us here to understand this point
I would say, "there are a couple of things I need to do" rather than, "there is a couple of things I need to do", but I would be more likely still to say simply "there's a couple of things I need to do".
In my opinion there's a couple of things I need to do. It's correct
Because as someone else said couple refers to a unite
Plural will be There're many things I need to do many refers to more than two things and couple is an uncountable noun also.
I'll wait for your comments....
I ain't a native one
but all I know when there's a sentence using 'a' or 'an' in front of a noun, it means singular
there ... a couple of things I need to do
So, I choosed is instead of are
It was confusing for me when seeing 'things' (plural) after 'a couple' (singular), could someone explain to me, please? :D
Look at the following sentences:
There is a pair of shoes in the box.
A number of students are absent from class.
The number of unemployed people is astonishing.
But when we see definite collective nouns considered as a unit in structures like a bunch of, an army of, a bundle of, a herd of, or a fleet of followed by a plural noun, we usually use a singular verb.
A fleet of ships was floating in the harbor.
A herd of cows was walking across the road.
I hope this helps!
"Couple" means "two" but "a couple of" can refers to "several" instead of just "two". For example, I can say "a couple of things to do" when I want to say "several things to do".
I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.
"is" is using for singular,'n' are for plural
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