My name is Keum.
I'v learned that 'there is' is followed by singular noun and 'there are' is followed by plural noun.
But I could not figure out which one is correct between next two sentences.
Could you tell me and explain why?
There is a pen and a bag on the desk.
There are a pen and a bag on the desk.
Thank you for your helping.
Use the singular form when there is a list of items after the verb, and the first noun is singular:
There is/There's a pen and a bag on the desk.
There is/There's a pen and two sheets of paper on the desk.
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