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  1. pllamas@yahoo.com
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    Is, are, and Am

    Hi,

    I have several questions. I am learning and practicing the Is, Are, and Am. One thing that bother me is this:

    This is my answer and I got the result.

    There _is___ some people waiting to see you. (Wrong)
    There _is___ some money to pay into the bank. (Right)

    I asked several people about this and they couldn't explain to me or don't know how to answer my questions about the difference.

    Is "some people" singular? or plural?
    Is "Some money" singular? or plural?
    And explain what are the difference?

    I thought "some" is singular and that is why I put "is" but I was wrong. Can you please explained that for me? I thank you for your time for answering my question.

    Pablo

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    Re: Is, are, and Am

    "Some" can be singular or plural, depending on the noun or pronoun involved.

    1...With a noncountable noun or a singular noun or pronoun, use a singular verb.
    There is some money....... (noncountable noun)
    Some lucky person is going to win a prize. (singular noun)
    Some of it is interesting (singular pronoun)

    2...With a plural noun or pronoun, use a plural verb.
    There are some people....... (countable plural noun)
    Some lucky people are going to win prizes. (plural noun)
    Some of them are interesting. (plural pronoun)
    Last edited by 2006; 05-Aug-2007 at 08:04.

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    Re: Is, are, and Am

    Quote Originally Posted by pllamas@yahoo.com View Post
    Hi,

    I have several questions. I am learning and practicing the Is, Are, and Am. One thing that bother me is this:

    This is my answer and I got the result.

    There _is___ some people waiting to see you. (Wrong)
    There _is___ some money to pay into the bank. (Right)

    Pablo
    However, in everyday speech you will sometimes come across There is some + countable nouns, which is obviously unacceptable in terms of grammar.

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