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Belly T

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If I write " There lies a big tree and a moutain", is the sentence grammatically correct?
 

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Grammatically, yes.

There lies this and that. <two separate units>
There lie this and that. <one whole unit>

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But when to separate, and when to consider it as a whole unit?

When Casiopea said 'Grammatically, yes' I think she was suggesting that in that case it would be more likely that the speaker would regard them as separate:

At the end of the trail, there lie a mountain and a tree [separate - two features of the landscape]

At the end of the trail, there lies a tree and a disused well [whole unit - one scene]

But what makes 'a scene', and what bits of it count as 'features', is a very subjective thing. So the speaker decides. ;-)

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Plural subject, so 'here come'.

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