There is / There are

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.

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“There is / There are” for positive or negative sentences and questions

PositiveNegativeQuestion
Singular / uncountableThere isThere is notIs there?
PluralThere areThere are notAre there
Illustration of "there is/ there are" in context describing singular and plural objects.

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.

Examples of “There is” / “there are” in context

Here are some examples of “there is” and “there are” used to describe what is visible in a variety of images.

There was / there were for positive, negative and questions about the past

To talk about what was present in the past we can use “there was” or “there were”.

PositiveNegativeQuestion
Singular / uncountableThere wasThere was notWas there?
PluralThere wereThere were notWere there

There was a problem

There were three dogs.

Was there any food?

Positive, negative and question examples with was there & were there to talk about the past.

Check your comprehension with these exercises.



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