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    "There is a lot of"

    I have heard a two sentences with "there is a lot of" which make me wonder how should I actually use this expression.
    They are:
    1. There is a lot of controversies ....
    2. There is a lot of allegations ...
    The both nouns in these sentences are in plural form. Should't there be used phrases "There are a lot of ...." instead?

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    Re: "There is a lot of"

    The word 'controversy' is normally only used in the singular.

    1. There is a lot of controversy...

    2. There are a lot of allegations...

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    Re: "There is a lot of"

    Yes, it should.

    Having said that, if you heard the expressions, as far as I know, some native speakers would use the singular. Speaking is less rigid in that sense than writing. It's still not correct, but it may be accepted in certain situations/environments.
    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

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