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    Post Difference between there is and there are

    What's the difference between there is and there are?

    There is a lot of people in that room.

    There are a lot of people in that room.

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    #2

    Re: Difference between there is and there are

    Only the second sentence is correct.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Difference between there is and there are

    The verb agrees with the plural people, not a lot of:

    There is a lot of water in the bottle. (Water is uncountable, so the verb is singular)
    There are a lot of people in the class. (Here the noun is countable and plural, so the verb is plural too)

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    Re: Difference between there is and there are

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    The verb agrees with the plural people, not a lot of:
    I think this is because the subject is 'people' rather than 'a lot of', but I am not a teacher.

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    #5

    Re: Difference between there is and there are

    It is.

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    #6

    Re: Difference between there is and there are

    Quote Originally Posted by bebe heart View Post
    There is a lot of people in that room.

    There are a lot of people in that room.
    I agree that only the second is correct. 'A lot of' functions adjectivally rather than as a noun phrase.

    However, in informal conversation, one often hears 'There's a lot of plural noun ...' (with the contracted form of the singular 'is'). It is not a good idea for learners to copy this, but they should not be surprised to hear it.

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    #7

    Re: Difference between there is and there are

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


    Hello, Bebe Heart:

    May I just add a few thoughts to the excellent answers that you have already received?

    1. When a sentence starts with "there is / are," my books tell me to forget the "there" when you analyze it.

    a. Thus: " ___ a lot of people."

    i. Now put that in regular order (subject + verb): A lot of people ___. Of course, you would say "A lot of people are."

    2. In ordinary American conversation, people also fully accept "There's a lot of people."

    a. For some reason (which your humble servant cannot explain), if "There is" is changed to the contraction, then it's perfectly acceptable in ordinary conversation.

    i. Compare:

    (a) Here is your shoes. (Unacceptable)
    (b) Here are your shoes. (Grammatically correct)
    (c) Here's your shoes. (Acceptable in ordinary conversation)

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    #8

    Re: Difference between there is and there are

    Thank you, in movies I here there's a lot of this or that, and in books I read there are a lot of, so it confused me, now you have cleared it
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 13-Jul-2015 at 13:07. Reason: Deleted unnecessary long quote

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    #9

    Re: Difference between there is and there are

    Quote Originally Posted by bebe heart View Post
    Thank you. In movies I here hear "There's a lot of this or that", and in books I read "There are a lot of", so it confused me. Now you have cleared it up.
    You probably hear both in movies and both in books. As you now know from this thread, both "There is a lot of ..." and "There are a lot of ..." are acceptable, depending on the noun that comes after "a lot of".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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