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    #1

    there is / there are

    hello everybody
    I need an explanation about an exercice I just finished : about the right form to use between "there is" and "there are"
    why it is "there are a lot of people...." and "there aren't enough police..."
    Is it because people and police represent in fact a lot of persons ?

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    #2

    Re: there is / there are

    you're right.

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    #3

    Re: there is / there are

    Quote Originally Posted by thierryB View Post
    hello everybody
    I need an explanation about an exercice I just finished : about the right form to use between "there is" and "there are"
    why it is "there are a lot of people...." and "there aren't enough police..."
    Is it because people and police represent in fact a lot of persons ?
    1. Use there is for singular nouns (one item).
    2. Use there is for non-count items(group nouns).
    3. Use there are for many items (plural nouns).

    1.There is a book on the table.
    2. There is some milk left in the fridge.
    3. There are a lot of people in the street. / There aren`t enough police officers in this department.

    People and police [officers] - plural nouns.

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