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    There is/are nearly 400 people here.

    Which of the below sentences are correct?

    1. There is nearly 400 people here.
    2. There are nearly 400 people here.

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    Re: There is/are nearly 400 people here.

    The second is grammatically correct. The first is not. However, be aware that in conversational English, you will hear "There's four hundred people here". Note that it's always "There's", never "There is".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: There is/are nearly 400 people here.

    And the question - "Which of the below sentences are correct?" - is correct? :)

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    Re: There is/are nearly 400 people here.

    Quote Originally Posted by kompstar View Post
    And is the question "Which of the below sentences are correct?" is correct? :)
    Note my correction above. A better question would be "Which one of the sentences below is correct?" if you think one is right and one is wrong. You can say "Are the sentences below correct?" if you think both might be right.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: There is/are nearly 400 people here.

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



    When a sentence starts with "there," many books tell us to ignore that word when we ANALYZE the sentence. (Of course, when you speak or write it, you do NOT ignore it.)

    Therefore, we get: "____ nearly 400 people here."

    Now put that sentence into regular order (subject + verb): "Nearly 400 people ___here."

    Now you can see why the teacher said that "are" is necessary in the sentence that you have written. (You would never say "Nearly 400 people is here.")

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