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There

Referring to the existence of something

dipping cookies in milk
 

 

"There" with Singular /Plural Verb Agreement

SINGULAR AGREEMENT

There is occurs before a singular noun. There introduces the idea that something exists in an unspecified place.

move rightverb agrees with plural items in list 
There is       milk
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PLURAL AGREEMENT

There are occurs before a plural noun.

move rightverb agrees with plural items in list 
There
are  cookies. 

 

Also see There/ Their / They're.

 

 

 

 

 

"There" Agreement

With a series of nouns

 

 

 

There verb agreement with a series of nouns

SINGULAR AGREEMENT

The verb following there commonly agrees with the closest noun even when there are multiple nouns or items. (British English differs.)

move rightverb agrees with plural items in list 
There is     a book
, some pencils, and a notepad on my desk.

 

PLURAL AGREEMENT

The verb following there may also be followed by a plural verb if there are multiple items. 

move rightverb agrees with plural items in list 
There are some pencils, a book and a notepad on my desk. (Eng-US)

There are a book, some pencils, and a notepad on my desk.  (Eng-Br; Eng-US formal usage)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There

With Inseparable Pairs

 

 

 

There verb agreement with a "inseparable pairs"

COMMON USAGE

Nouns that are commonly paired together (salt & pepper, ham & eggs) often occur with singular verb agreement. (informal)

There is milk and cookies on the table.

There is bacon and eggs on the menu. (a dish; a menu item)

There is salt and pepper on the plate.   (regarded as a single unit)

bacon and eggs

MORE FORMAL USAGE

In formal usage, noun pairs occur with plural verb agreement.

There are milk and cookies on the table.

There are bacon and eggs on the plate.

There are milk and cookies on the table.


pepper and salt

 

Related pages:  There – Existence,  There / Their, Here/There, It /There Pronouns

 

 

 

 

 

 

Practice

Keeping Up with New Models

laptop
 

 

Sentence Agreement with There

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keeping up (expression) –  maintain, keep current

 

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