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    there is x there are x either

    How shall fill in? "Is", "are", or either?
    - There ( ) 1 lawyer and 3 doctors in my class.
    - There ( ) 2 books, 1 pen and 1 eraser on the table.
    Thanks


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    Re: there is x there are x either

    Quote Originally Posted by beachboy View Post
    How shall fill in? "Is", "are", or either?
    - There ( ) 1 lawyer and 3 doctors in my class.
    - There ( ) 2 books, 1 pen and 1 eraser on the table.
    Thanks
    are.

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    Re: there is x there are x either

    Quote Originally Posted by beachboy View Post
    How shall fill in? "Is", "are", or either?
    - There ( ) 1 lawyer and 3 doctors in my class.
    - There ( ) 2 books, 1 pen and 1 eraser on the table.
    Thanks
    There is 1 lawyer and 3 doctors in my class.
    But better: There are 3 doctors and 1 lawyer in my class.
    There are 2 books, 1 pen and 1 eraser on the table.

    It's strange, but the use of "there is" or "there are" depends on the first element that follows.

    Lou

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