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    Question Is vs Are

    In John Lennon's song "Imagine" is a sentence - "Imagine there's no countries".

    And I'm curios is this sentence grammatically correct? Why he used "is" instead of "are", countries - is word in plural form, isn't it?

    And how will be grammatically right?

    1) There is no countries - correct?
    2) There are no countries - correct?
    3) There aren't countries - correct?
    4) There isn't countries - correct?

    Thanks.

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    Re: Is vs Are

    Quote Originally Posted by PureEvil View Post
    In John Lennon's song "Imagine", is a the sentence "Imagine there's no countries".

    And I'm curious to know if is this sentence is grammatically correct. Why did he used use"is" instead of "are"? "Countries" is a word in the plural form, isn't it?

    And how will What would be a/the grammatically right correct version?

    1) There is no countries - correct?
    2) There are no countries - correct?
    3) There aren't countries - correct? ("There aren't any countries" is grammatical.)
    4) There isn't countries - correct?

    Thanks.
    Song lyrics are frequently ungrammatical. The words are written to fit the rhythm, metre and rhyme of the song, with scant regard for grammatical rules. The grammatically correct "Imagine there are no countries" would not have fitted the rhythm - it has too many syllables.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Is vs Are

    I've found this sentence in one British article -That does not mean to say that there are not countries receiving food aid which might well adopt policies which would increase their own...So, it's correct?

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    Re: Is vs Are

    NOT A TEACHER


    Mona: How many books are there?

    Paul: There are three books.

    Mona: What did you say? That airplane overhead was very noisy.

    Ruth: He said that there's three books.

    Mona: Oh, thanks a lot.

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    NOTES:

    1. Paul's answer is the correct one. You may want to always use it in writing.

    2. In the United States, Ruth's answer is very common in conversation. Saying "there's" saves more time than saying "there are."

    3. Of course, "There is three books" is NEVER acceptable, even in conversation.

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    Re: Is vs Are

    Quote Originally Posted by PureEvil View Post
    I've found this sentence in one British article -That does not mean to say that there are not countries receiving food aid which might well adopt policies which would increase their own...So, it's correct?
    Yes, it is, though the double negative obfuscates the meaning.

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