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    #1

    was or were

    What is the subject below? Is it two or two students. My teacher had written:
    After class, there was two students in the class trying to have a conversation with me.


    I thought it should be were. I thought the subject was students talking about two.
    After class, there were two students in the class trying to have a conversation with me.

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    #2

    Re: was or were

    You're right.

    [I edit copy and have tutored college writing.]

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