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    There are, there is

    Dear all,
    May I clarify some grammar questions as follow.

    1). Is there any water?
    Yes, THERE IS a lot of water.

    2). ARE THERE any potatoes?
    No, THERE ISN'T any potato.

    3). ARE THERE any canned soup?
    Sorry, THERE ISN'T any canned soup.

    I typed my answers all in bold.

    A). Are the answers correct?
    B). Which topic does it belong to in grammar books as I have been trying to check it from internet and grammar book?

    Please help.
    Thank you.

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    #2

    Re: There are, there is

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    3). ARE THERE any canned soup?
    'ARE' is plural, so I think 's' is missing after 'soup'.

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    Re: There are, there is

    "There aren't any potatoes."

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    #4

    Re: There are, there is

    Quote Originally Posted by Ju View Post
    Which topic does it belong to?

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****

    1. I suggest that you check your books and the World Wide Web for articles on "there is / are" sentences.

    2. Personally, I would feel more comfortable with:

    Son: I want some of your delicious homemade soup. No one can make soup like you!
    Mother: Sorry, but I don't have time today to make soup for you.
    Son: Well, then, is there any canned soup that I could have?
    Mother: No, there isn't any canned soup, either. We used the last can yesterday.

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    #5

    Re: There are, there is

    Quote Originally Posted by Ju View Post
    Dear all,
    May I clarify some grammar questions as follow. (If you were bringing clarity to something you would probably be the one answering the questions. Better just to say that you have some questions.)

    1). Is there any water?
    Yes, THERE IS a lot of water.

    2). ARE THERE any potatoes?
    No, THERE ISN'T any potato.

    3). ARE THERE any canned soup?
    Sorry, THERE ISN'T any canned soup.

    I typed my answers all in bold.

    A). Are the answers correct?
    B). Which topic does it belong to in grammar books as I have been trying to check it from internet and grammar book?
    A. Are there any potatoes?
    B. No, there aren't any potatoes. (Or: "There are no potatoes.")

    A. Is there any canned soup?
    B. No, there isn't any canned soup.
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 10-Jan-2015 at 10:46. Reason: Tiny typo

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    Re: There are, there is

    Quote Originally Posted by Tarheel View Post
    A. Are there any potatoes?
    B. No, aren't any potatoes. (Or: "There are no potatoes.")

    A. Is there any canned soup?
    B. No, there isn't any canned soup.
    A. Is there any canned soup?
    B. No, there isn't any canned soup.

    1) Does it mean we use there isn't because 'canned soup' is single?
    2) If 'canned soup' is replaced by 'cakes', then I should say "No, there aren't any cakes" because "cakes" is plural, am I right?

    Many thanks.

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    #7

    Re: There are, there is

    Yes, you can say "there isn't any cake" or "'there aren't any cakes".

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    #8

    Re: There are, there is

    We have no potatoes. We have no cake. We have no soup. Time to go to the grocery store.


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    #9

    Re: There are, there is

    Yes, we have no bananas today.

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    Re: There are, there is

    Quote Originally Posted by Tarheel View Post
    We have no potatoes. We have no cake. We have no soup. Time to go to the grocery store.

    1. We have no potato.
    2. We have no potatoes.

    Are the above two sentences correct?

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