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** “Is there” versus “Are there” **

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{{Are there any questions I should be asking?
Is there any articles available on the subject?

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My instinct is that in the two questions above, it should be 'are' as the
subjects of the sentences (questions/articles) are plural.

However I also recall being told that the singular 'is' is valid here too,
and of course see it very often in usage online, and this has left me a bit
unsure.

*Update:* I have stumbled upon the reason for the confusion.

{{

Is there any water?
Are there any questions?

}}

The sentence structure is the same but of course water is not plural,
although it is not singular either.

grammar grammatical-number uncountable-nouns there-is

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edited Aug 4 '12 at 1:42
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Charles Goodwin
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Related: this question on mass nouns vs count nouns which does mention
water as a mass


Source: english.stackexchange.com/questions/34353/is-there-versus-are-there


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Building on the new vocabulary students have just learnt, you can introduce
'there is' and 'there are'. You will need some more images, some of these
images should have a number of the same item in order to practice both the
single and plural form.

*Teacher:* Is there a car in this picture? Yes, there is a car in that
picture. Is there a book in this picture? No, there isn't a book in that
picture.(/Model the differnce between the question and answer by accenting
'is there' in the question and 'there is' in the response. /)

*Teacher:* Is there a computer in this picture?

*Student(s):* Yes, there is a computer in that picture.

*Teacher:* Is there a computer in this picture?

*Student(s):* No, there isn't a computer in that picture.

/Continue this exercise with the everyday objects images you have brought
into class. Alternate these objects with objects in the classroom that


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