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    Use of is and are

    When do we use is and are at the beginning of questions


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    Re: Use of is and are

    Is there a dog in the garden? There is / isn't a dog in the garden.

    Are we going to the cinema tonight? No, we are going to a restaurant.

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    Re: Use of is and are

    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    When do we use is and are at the beginning of questions
    Additionally, the verb agrees in number with its subject.

    Singular is
    Statment: The dog is in the garden.
    Question: Is the dog in the garden?

    Plural are
    Statement: The dogs are in the garden.
    Question: Are the dogs in the garden?

    When the subject is existential there, the true subject comes after the verb, and the verb agrees in number with that noun. Like this,

    Singular There is
    Statement: There is a dog in the garden.
    Question: Is there a dog in the garden?

    Plural There are
    Statement: There are dogs in the garden.
    Question: Are there dogs in the garden?

    Exception
    Contracted There's + group of things
    Statement: There's a cat and a dog in the garden.
    Question: Is there a cat and a dog in the garden?

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