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    Post A couple/a few - singular or plural?

    "There is a couple/few seats left -- let's hurry to get them."

    Right? Or would is be written as, "There are a couple/few..."?? I've heard and seen both, so I'm confused.

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    Re: A couple/a few - singular or plural?

    A few - always plural
    A couple - plural in this case (singular when referring to e.g. people dancing)

    You could say 'there is a pair of seats...'. But with 'a few/couple' use 'are'.

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    Re: A couple/a few - singular or plural?

    Additionally,

    Ex: There are a couple of seats left. <two seats>
    Ex: There are a couple seats left. <two seats>
    Ex: There are a few seats left. <not many seats, but more than one>

    When there is contracts to there's, it can take a plural noun in informal speech:

    Ex: There's a couple of seats left.
    Ex: There's a couple seats left.
    Ex: There's a few seats left.

    All the best

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