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  • There are many ways to answer this question but really there is only one good way. :-D
  • Both are correct, but in the right place. You say "there is" if the word following is a single thing eg There is a possibility I will go. (a possibility is a single thing) or There is a boy I know. But you say "there are" when more than one thing follows eg There are many possibilities. or There are some boys who give me trouble.
  • There is one dinosaur here. (singular) There are three trolls here. (plural) :o)
  • ... there IS one ... there ARE many ...
  • There *is* a Santa..there *are* elves...
  • If the noun that follows is singular: there is...is correct. If the noun that follows is plural: there are...is correct.
  • There is a spider on the wall. There is milk on the floor. There are pencils on my desk. There is a fly in my soup. Did you get it?
  • There is a fish. There are fish. There is a deer. There are deer. There is an elk. There are elk.
  • There is one. There are many. Are there many? Is there one?
  • Hello, I'm a newbie here. (I understand and agree with the answers above, but I'm still puzzled!) For example, which of the following statements is grammatically correct? There is more than one of those items, or, there are more than one of those items. And Why is it grammatically correct? -John
  • Update: I found the answer to my own question (posted below?). The construction "more than one" is plural, but (in english, at least) it is treated as singular. So apparently, the grammatically correct statement would be, "there is more than one of those items". (Source: Grammatically Correct By Anne Stilman, P. 219, click here to view sample pages http://books.google.com/books?id=HRgqvPdjMYsC&pg=PA219&lpg=PA219&dq=is+it+grammatically+correct+to+say+there+are+more+than+one&source=web&ots=rnrMUBxaw3&sig=kRoje_la_eUa_XrWtk5fgFf-7po&hl=en&sa=X&oi=book_result&resnum=1&ct=result#PPA219,M1 ) -John
  • "Is" and "are" are forms of the verb "to be". Therefore, when the object is singular, you would use "is", and if it's plural, use "are". There is a big elephant in my yard. There are 5 elephants in my yard.
  • There is only one. There are two or more.

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