"There IS a book and hat." - Which is the subject and object?
What is the grammar rule that this is "There IS" and not "There ARE", for example
"The book and hat ARE..."
Is "Is there a book and hat?" correct and why/why not "Are there a book and hat"?
Thank you very much,
Verb = is
Object/Semantic subject = a book and (a) hat
The true subject, 'a book', is singular:Originally Posted by English Help Please
There is a book and (there is a) hat.The verb is singular, so the subject must be singular:Originally Posted by English Help Please
Ex: Is there a book?
Ex: Is there books?
Ex: Are there books?
Ex: Are there a book?
Thank you very much for your considerate and fast answers.
Then of course I know that "The book and hat are..." is correct, but what is the grammar reason that it is not "The book and hat is..."? if "There is a book and a hat." is correct?The true subject, 'a book', is singular:
There is a book and (there is a) hat.
Thank you again.
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