Beginning English -
Lesson 6 - House
This page: The difference between "There is" and "There are" in English.
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"There is" and "There are" indicate what is in a place. "There is" is singular and "There are" is plural.
There is a book.*
There are books.
*You can contract "There is" to "There's". You cannot make a contraction of "There are."
The negatives are "There is not" and "There are not" and their contractions.
There is not a pencil. - There isn't a pencil.
There are not pencils. - There aren't pencils.
To make a question you just change the order of the words.
Is there a pencil?
Yes, there is.
No, there isn't.
Are there pencils?
Yes, there are.
No, there aren't.
Select correct answers to describe what is in the rooms.
Make sentences using There is or There are or the negative to describe what is and isn't in the room. Write the sentences in the affirmative without a contraction and in the negative with a contraction like the example below.
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