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    There is and There are

    Hi,

    I got a question about the usage of "There is" and "There are", I have no
    idea when we should use "There is", and when we should use There are",

    I used to have been thinking that we should use "There is" before
    Countable Noun Singular, for example: There is a car. Or Uncountable Noun, like: There is some water.

    We should use "There are" only before Countable Noun, for instance:
    There are many cars.

    But it turns out I was wrong, for example, like this one: There is environmental issues, allergies, religious requirements. Or There is a lot people that can get you a watch here. In this one, "issues", "allergies", they belong to Countable Noun and Plural, I think we should use "There are". Why "There is", and not "There are" ?

    Could anybody do me a favor and tell me: When I should use "There is", and When I should use "There are"?

    Thanks for your help.

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    Re: There is and There are

    Quote Originally Posted by XINLAI-UE View Post
    Hi,

    I got a question about the usage of "There is" and "There are", I have no
    idea when we should use "There is", and when we should use There are",

    I used to have been thinking that we should use "There is" before
    Countable Noun Singular, for example: There is a car. Or Uncountable Noun, like: There is some water.

    We should use "There are" only before Countable Noun, for instance:
    There are many cars.

    But it turns out I was wrong, for example, like this one: There is environmental issues, allergies, religious requirements. Or There is a lot people that can get you a watch here. In this one, "issues", "allergies", they belong to Countable Noun and Plural, I think we should use "There are". Why "There is", and not "There are" ?

    Could anybody do me a favor and tell me: When I should use "There is", and When I should use "There are"?

    Thanks for your help.
    There(Pronoun-formal subject)-The rule is that normally the verb

    agrees withthe real subject that follows.But a singular verb is

    used,even if a plural noun or pronoun follows.

    When a verb is thought of as applying to each one successively and

    seperately:There is John,James,...
    ..
    In your sentence,It appears that the speaker addresses the problems seperately;hence there is
    .
    If not,' there are' is correct.

    Regards,
    rj1948.

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    #3

    Re: There is and There are

    There is environmental issues, allergies, religious requirements. Or There is a lot people that can get you a watch here. In this one, "issues", "allergies", they belong to Countable Noun and Plural, I think we should use "There are". Why "There is", and not "There are" ?

    "There are" should be used in these sentences.

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    #4

    Re: There is and There are

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    "There are" should be used in these sentences.
    I agree with bhaisahab! There are environmental issues, allergies, and religious requirements.

    Cheers,
    Amigo


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    Re: There is and There are

    • "There is" is just used with the singular (just one).
    Examples:
    1. There is a table in the room.
    2. There is a woman in the group.

    • "There are" is just used with plural (many).
    Examples:
    1. There are 28 pencils in the drawer.
    2. There are different reasons to expalain this symptom.


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    Re: There is and There are

    Quote Originally Posted by XINLAI-UE View Post
    Hi,

    I got a question about the usage of "There is" and "There are", I have no
    idea when we should use "There is", and when we should use There are",


    I used to have been thinking that we should use "There is" before
    Countable Noun Singular, for example: There is a car. Or Uncountable Noun, like: There is some water.

    We should use "There are" only before Countable Noun, for instance:
    There are many cars.


    But it turns out I was wrong, for example, like this one: There is environmental issues, allergies, religious requirements. Or There is a lot people that can get you a watch here. In this one, "issues", "allergies", they belong to Countable Noun and Plural, I think we should use "There are". Why "There is", and not "There are" ?

    Could anybody do me a favor and tell me: When I should use "There is", and When I should use "There are"?

    Thanks for your help.
    You are right and you are wrong, Xinlai-ue. For writing, the description in red is how it's handled. For speech, it's a different matter.

    LGSWE

    In conversation, however, we frequently find a singular form of be followed by plural noun phrases.. The verb is regularly contracted and attached to the preceding there:

    There's so many police forces that ... (CONV)

    Gary, there's apples if you want one. (CONV)

    In fact, such examples are somewhat more common in conversation than the standard constructions with plural verbs plus plural noun phrase. ...

    The special behavior of there's is matched by a similar tendency for here's, where's, and how's:

    Here's your shoes. (CONV)
    Where's your tapes? (CONV)

    A: How's things?
    B: Not too bad (CONV)

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    Last edited by riverkid; 02-Jul-2008 at 16:13.


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    Re: There is and There are

    I notice people using there's before plural nouns a lot. Especially on T.V shows.

    It seems that they perhaps do it because there is can be contracted, whereas the plural version there are cannot (there'reX).

    The French have it much easier with just il y a sufficing for both instances.




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    Re: There is and There are

    Quote Originally Posted by riverkid View Post
    You are right and you are wrong, Xinlai-ue. For writing, the description in red is how it's handled. For speech, it's a different matter.

    Hi, riverkid,

    Thanks for your help, the information you offered is really HELPFUL for me !

    Thank you.

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