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    is

    There is a lot to see in that country.

    Is the phrase grammatically correct?

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    Yes, because "a lot" is singular (even if it stands for more than one thing, it is a "lot," not "lots").
    Similar situations...
    There is a dozen eggs in the refrigerator.
    The team of football players is ready to compete against its rival team.


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    Re: is

    Quote Originally Posted by calinative View Post
    Yes, because "a lot" is singular (even if it stands for more than one thing, it is a "lot," not "lots").
    Similar situations...
    There is a dozen eggs in the refrigerator.
    The team of football players is ready to compete against its rival team.
    I regret to say but all that explanation has nothing to do with my question.

    There is a lot to see in that country.

    I believe 'a lot' is used as a noun substitute. And since the subject-predicate agreement is in the singular, the substituted noun should be uncountable. What could be this noun?
    E.g. There is a lot to be found out yet. (=information)

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    #4

    Re: is

    Scenery perhaps. Otherwise, There are a lot of things to see in that country.


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    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    Scenery perhaps. Otherwise, There are a lot of things to see in that country.
    Thanks, Bhaisahab. Perhaps art, architecture, etc.


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    #6

    Re: is

    There is a lot to see in that country.

    Is the phrase grammatically correct?



    Come, come!
    You question was answered by Calinative!

    You then write:
    I believe 'a lot' is used as a noun substitute. And since the subject-predicate agreement is in the singular, the substituted noun should be uncountable. What could be this noun?
    E.g. There is a lot to be found out yet. (=information)

    Not Calinative - nobody - could possibly have divined you were asking this from your post above.

    To respond to Calinative with
    I regret to say but all that explanation has nothing to do with my question.

    ...is both unappreciative and dismissive.


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    #7

    Re: is

    Quote Originally Posted by David L. View Post
    There is a lot to see in that country.

    Is the phrase grammatically correct?



    Come, come!
    You question was answered by Calinative!

    You then write:
    I believe 'a lot' is used as a noun substitute. And since the subject-predicate agreement is in the singular, the substituted noun should be uncountable. What could be this noun?
    E.g. There is a lot to be found out yet. (=information)

    Not Calinative - nobody - could possibly have divined you were asking this from your post above.

    To respond to Calinative with
    I regret to say but all that explanation has nothing to do with my question.

    ...is both unappreciative and dismissive.
    Come, come, David.
    The only phrase in Calinative's post relelevant to my question was 'yes'. All the rest, those 'eggs' and 'football players', was about something else. In my second post I just gave my standpoint on the subject. It was mere speculation. However I accept your criticism in the sense that my answer didn't sound appreciative enough, and for that I'm sorry.

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    #8

    Re: is

    Quote Originally Posted by Clark View Post
    Thanks, Bhaisahab. Perhaps art, architecture, etc.
    Yes, art and architecture work as well, there are probably others but life is too short.


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    #9

    Re: is

    Indeed, it is ... when you are on vacation.

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