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  1. xpert's Avatar
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    #1

    Question is or are

    This question is on subject-verb agreement

    There is a man and some girls in the water.

    There are a man and some girls in the water.


    Which one is correct and why?


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    #2

    Re: is or are

    How many people are in the water?


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    #3

    Re: is or are

    This is interesting because we would certainly say:

    A man and some girls are in the water.

    The singular verb would sound incorrect in such a sentence.

    However with the there presentative, the singular verb certainly seems better to me, but I cannot explain my inclination to think this way.

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    #4

    Re: is or are

    If you see "a man and some girls" as a group,
    there is............
    If you see "a man and some girls" as people,
    there are.......
    I am of the opinoin that both are right.

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