There is a black cat.
There is a boy behind the tree.
There is a student in the classroom.
There are three football players.
There are two people and two dogs.
There are two little girls playing with blocks.
Remember: The word “there” can be singular or plural. It depends on the words that follow it.
- There is a book on the table. (singular)
- There are three books on the table. (plural)
When using “there” you must think ahead to the noun that follows it. This noun is the subject. “There” is a dummy subject.
“There” is used for information and facts. Sometimes “there” is singular, and sometimes “there” is plural.
There is = There’s. Most Americans use the contraction, there’s
There are = (no contraction) Some Americans say “there’s” even when the subject is plural. You shouldn’t do that.
Fill the blank with there + be(is, are)
1. _________ ________ a restaurant on this street.
2. _________ ________ a lot of people here.
3. _________ ________ some water on the floor.
4. _________ ________ a police officer over there.
5. _________ ________ some flowers on the table.