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    #1

    there be

    Dear teachers,

    There were a boy and two little girls.

    According to grammar the sentence should be:

    There was a boy and two little girls.

    Is that right?

    Looking forward to hearing from you.
    Thank you in advance.

    Jiang

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    #2

    Re: there be

    Yes.

    However. you could say there were 3 children, a boy and two little girls.

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    #3

    Re: there be

    Quote Originally Posted by jiang View Post
    There were a boy and two little girls.

    According to grammar the sentence should be:

    There was a boy and two little girls.
    I think that were is grammatically correct. If you are unhappy about the style, you could say, There were two little girls and a boy.

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