"There is a lot of"

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Pierce111

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I have heard a two sentences with "there is a lot of" which make me wonder how should I actually use this expression.
They are:
1. There is a lot of controversies ....
2. There is a lot of allegations ...
The both nouns in these sentences are in plural form. Should't there be used phrases "There are a lot of ...." instead?
 

Rover_KE

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The word 'controversy' is normally only used in the singular.

1. There is a lot of controversy...

2. There are a lot of allegations...
 

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Yes, it should.

Having said that, if you heard the expressions, as far as I know, some native speakers would use the singular. Speaking is less rigid in that sense than writing. It's still not correct, but it may be accepted in certain situations/environments.
 
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