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    There is / There are

    Which is correct?

    There is a dog and a cat in the garden.

    or

    There are a dog and a cat in the garden.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lawen View Post
    Which is correct?

    There is a dog and a cat in the garden.

    or

    There are a dog and a cat in the garden.
    Gramatically, the latter. Syntactically, the former.
    Just watch others begging to differ with me.

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    #3

    Re: There is / There are

    Quote Originally Posted by Lawen View Post
    Which is correct?

    There is a dog and a cat in the garden.

    or

    There are a dog and a cat in the garden.
    Both acceptable, the first (actually the more natural choice for most users, certainly in speech) as an ellipsis of

    There is a dog and there is a cat in the garden.


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    #4

    Re: There is / There are

    Quote Originally Posted by engee30 View Post
    Gramatically, the latter. Syntactically, the former.
    Just watch others begging to differ with me.
    Is syntax not a subset of grammar?


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    Re: There is / There are

    Quote Originally Posted by Lawen View Post
    Which is correct?

    There is a dog and a cat in the garden.

    or

    There are a dog and a cat in the garden.
    Ther is a dog and (there is) a cat in the garden.

    There are (a dog and a cat) in the garden.


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    #6

    Re: There is / There are

    Is the first one more common?


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    Re: There is / There are

    Quote Originally Posted by Daruma View Post
    Is the first one more common?
    As I perceive it, "there is" is often treated as if it were immune to the subject-verb concord.

    There is lots of houses.


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    #8

    Re: There is / There are

    Use 'There is..." when the noun that follows is singular, and "There are..." when it is plural:

    "There is/there's a pen and two pencils on the desk."
    "There are two pencils and a pen on the desk."

    So - "There's a dog and a cat in the garden."
    We often use contractions in colloquial speech, such as 'there's' for 'there is'. This makes it quick and easy to say things like:
    "Hey! There's a car in my parking spot."

    Trouble is, there's no contraction for 'there are' : there're ????
    So, even when the following noun is plural, colloquially we tend to say:
    "There's a few people I'd like you to meet."
    Last edited by David L.; 07-May-2009 at 10:24.

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    Re: There is / There are

    Quote Originally Posted by svartnik View Post
    As I perceive it, "there is" is often treated as if it were immune to the subject-verb concord.

    There is lots of houses.
    Not quite in this full form, but conversationally you might hear

    There's lots of houses.

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