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    "there is a lot of st" vs "there are a lot of st"

    I'm quite puzzled about which version from the title is correct.
    I've tried to search Google, both ones seem to be valid.
    Thanx for help

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    Re: "there is a lot of st" vs "there are a lot of st"

    Hello Poldik, welcome to UE!

    Both versions may be correct. Much depends on the noun that follows "lot of", e.g.

    1. There are a lot of strange people out there.

    people is plural, thus "are".

    2. There is a lot of idle chitchat on the internet.

    idle chitchat is non-countable; thus "is".


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