NOT A TEACHER
The verb usually agrees with its nearest complement:
There is some food and two books.
There are two books and some food.
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Student or Learner
There is some food and two books. How come there is "there is" in stead of "there are"?
I am also wondering if this is right.
There is a good unversity, and a bad university.
"Instead" is one word, not two.