Difference between there is and there are

Difference Between There Is and There Are

Difference between there is and there are

Difference Between There Is and There Are

       Some of students may know when they should use “There is” or “There are”. However, some other students may be confused of using both of them. For helping to overcome of some confusing those students, we will post about the difference between the using of “There is” and “There are”. (Also read : Difference Between WILL and GOING TO)

We use “there is” and “there are” to say that something or someone exists.

The choice between the phrases of “there is” and “there are” at the beginning of a sentence is determined by the noun that follows it.

We use “there is” when the noun is singular (“There is a cat”).

And we use “there are” when the noun is plural (“There are two cats”).

You probably know that the choice between “is” or “are” depends on a noun. In most sentences, the noun comes before the verb.

  • A cat is on the bed. Two cats are on the table.
  • A bird is in the cage. Three birds are on the mango tree.

But in sentences that begin with “there is: and “there are”, the noun comes later.

Example:

  • There is a cat on the porch.
  • In the sentence above, “cat” is singular, so it requires “there is”.
  • There are many books to be studied in the library.
  • In the sentence above, “books” is plural, so it requires “there are”.
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Additional Explanation about using of “there is” and “there are”

Positive Sentences

We use “there is” for singular and “there are” for plural.

Examples:

  • There is one table in the classroom.
  • There are three chairs in the classroom.
  • There is a spider in the bath.
  • There are many people at the bus stop.

We also use “There is” with uncountable nouns:

Examples:

  • There is milk in the fridge.
  • There is some sugar on the table.
  • There is ice cream on your shirt.

Contractions

The contraction of “there is” is “there’s”.

Examples:

  • There’s a good song on the radio.
  • There’s only one chocolate left in the box.

You cannot contract there are.

Examples:

Negative Form

The negative is formed by putting “not” after “is” or “are”:

Examples:

  • There is not a horse in the field.
  • There are not eight children in the school.
  • There is not a tree in the garden.
  • There are not two elephants in the zoo.

We almost always use contractions when speaking.

The Negative contractions are:

There’s not = There isn’t

There are not = There aren’t

Examples:

  • There isn’t a horse in the field.
  • There aren’t eight children in the school.
  • There isn’t a tree in the garden.
  • There aren’t two elephants in the zoo.

       That’s all our grammar material about the Difference between there is and there are we can share on this occasion. We hope the post about “there is” and “there are” above can add our understanding about English, especially our grammar. (Also read other article at : Soal PAS Bahasa Indonesia Kelas 11 Semester 1)

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