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There Is / There Are / It Is
- (NG) I like New York. There is so exciting!
- (OK) I like New York. It is so exciting!
- (NG) There is so many interesting things to do here in this city.
- (OK) There are so many interesting things to do here in this city.
Grammar words and phrases in context
New York is a great city. It is the best! There is so much to do and see here. There are great restaurants, museums, and sightseeing spots like the Empire State Building and the Statue of Liberty. If you haven’t come to New York yet, please come and check it out. There is something happening all the time here, and there are fun events all year round!
There is / There are
We use there is followed by a singular noun and there are followed by a plural noun. We use there is and there are to show that something exists in a certain place. The basic grammar pattern is there is (are) something somewhere.
- There is an apple on the table.
- There is a meeting in the conference room.
- There are some apples on the table.
- There are ten people in the room.
We can also use there is and there are to show that something exists at a certain time. The basic grammar pattern is there is (are) something (at/in a time).
- There is a meeting at 10am tomorrow.
- There is a good TV program starting at 8 o’clock.
- There are lots of cherry blossoms in April.
- There are a few events this weekend in the city.
Be careful not to use there is and there are followed by an adjective. The following is a common mistake:
- I like New York. There is very exciting.
There is and there are need to be followed by a noun. If you want to use an adjective, you need to use it is.
- I like New York. It is very exciting.