singular or plural verb?

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jchtse

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Hi,

I came across the following sentence in a letter:

"If there is problems, please don't hesitate to contact us."

Should the verb 'is' be changed to 'are' since it refers to an object in plural form "problems", like, there are some clothes, but not there is some clothes...

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Hi,

I came across the following sentence in a letter:

"If there is problems, please don't hesitate to contact us."

Should the verb 'is' be changed to 'are' since it refers to an object in plural form "problems", like, there are some clothes, but not there is some clothes...

Thanks for the replies

You are right.
It is better to say:
"If there is any problem, please ... "
"In case of problems, please ... "

Not a native speaker
 
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