There is or There are?
Should I say 'There is a pen and some pencils.' or 'There are a pen and some pencils.'?
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Re: There is or There are?
There is a pen -- the verb concords with the first item's number in the compound noun phrase:
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There are some pencils and a pen.
There is a pen and some pencils.