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    There is bound to be many changes? Or there are bound to be many changes?

    Hi, my dear teachers. Your help is appreciated here again.
    In "there be" sentence pattern, ''be'' can be used in its singular form or plural form, which is determined by the form of the noun that follows "be". For example:
    There are two students standing in front of the classroom.
    There is only one student sitting in the classroom.
    As far as I know, we can insert such phrases as ''used to'', ''seem to'', ''be bound to'', ''happen to'' into ''there be''.
    For example:
    There used to be a cinema near my house.
    There seems to be a great change around the corner.
    What confuses me is the form of the verb when the above phrases are used. Which of the following two sentences is right? Are both of them natural and acceptable?
    There is bound to be many changes when the new technology is adopted.
    There are bound to be many change when the new technology is adopted.
    Thanks a lot!

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    Re: There is bound to be many changes? Or there are bound to be many changes?

    I think "There are bound to be many changes" is correct, because "Many changes are bound to be there".

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