In this lesson you will learn how to use “there is” and “there are” to talk about what is present and to use “is there?” / “are there?” to ask questions with examples of each. If you want to go straight to the exercise, click here. This lesson is part of a complete Elementary (A1-A2) English Course.
|Singular / uncountable||There is||There is not||Is there?|
|Plural||There are||There are not||Are there|
Use “there is” to say that a singular or uncountable thing is present. “There is” is also used for lists of distinct things.
Use “There are” to say that multiple countable things are present.
To make a question, just invert the order of “there” and “is” or “are”.
To study or revise when countable and uncountable nouns in English, check out the lesson and exercises here.
Here are some examples of “there is” and “there are” used to describe what is visible in a variety of images.
To talk about what was present in the past we can use “there was” or “there were”.
|Singular / uncountable||There was||There was not||Was there?|
|Plural||There were||There were not||Were there|
Check your comprehension of this topic with these interactive with these exercises.