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Grammar and test

                                                    There is & There are



We use 'There is' & 'There are' to say that something is somewhere.

'There is' for singular form and uncountable nouns.

'There are' for plural nouns


Present:

There is a banana in a fridge.There is some noise in the cellar.

There isn't (is not) any milk in the house.

There is a cup of coffee on the table.

There are 2 apples in the pantry.

There aren't any cars on the car park.


Past:

There was a policeman in the street a moment ago.

There was some rubbish in the lake.

There wasn't any doctor on board.

There were 2 fires in our town last night.

There weren't any of my friends in the pub on Sunday.


Future:

There will be a public enquiry into the shooting of a suspect.

There will be some people you know at the music festival.

There won't (will not) be any food in the fridge when you come home next week.

There will be 3 new colleagues in our office when you're back from Sweden.

Same rules apply to other tenses.



Forming questions and answers


Present:

Is there any milk left in the fridge?                        Yes, there is.

Is there anyone outside your door?                        No, there isn't.

Are there any of your friends in a pub tonight?       Yes, there are.

Are there any drinks in your bag?                         No, there aren't.


Past:

Was there any doctor in the hospital on Saturday?               Yes, there was.

Was there any problem with the bus service on Sunday?      No, there wasn't.

Were there any girls in the club last night?                           Yes, there were.

Were there any bananas left in the basket?                          No, there weren't.


Future:

Will there ever be peace on Earth?                         Yes, there will.

Will there be any people at the music festival?        No, there won't.

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A quick test

  • ................ a police car outside.

    There is
    Is there
    There are
    Are there

  • ........ some milk in my tea.

    There is
    There are
    Is there
    Are there

  • .............. anyone at the door.

    There is
    There isn't
    There are
    There aren't

  • ........ anybody in the house?

    There is
    Is there
    There are
    Are there

  • ........ some books on the shelf.

    There is
    Is there
    There are
    Are there

  • ............ any bananas in the fridge.

    There is
    There isn't
    There are
    There aren't

  • .............. any boys in your class?

    Is there
    There is
    Are there
    There are