"There is" or "There are"
February 25, 2008 2:53 AM Subscribe
English Grammar: "There is" vs. "There are". There is a banana. There are two oranges. There (is / are) a banana and an orange?
posted by syzygy to writing & language (28 answers total) 11 users marked this as a favorite
There (is / are) a banana and two oranges?
There (is / are) two oranges and a banana?
I've searched on google for a definitive answer to this question. Most of the ESL lessons I've come across avoid this kind of construction, altogether. I've also stumbled on some discussions of the topic which seem pretty contradictory.
For the example sentences I provided, I think the following answers are correct: "is", "is" and "are".
I understand that the subjects of all of the sentences are plural, but I think that an ellipsis allows for the "is", as in: There is a banana and (there is) an orange.
Can someone point me to a definitive answer?