04 May 2012 / by Radmila Gurkova

What is there? What are there?


What is there in the classroom?

There IS a table... There is a chair... there ARE windows! There IS a ceiling!



There is/There are - used to indicate that something is in a certain location or that something ‘exists’.

There is – singular noun

There are – plural nouns

The main subject follows the verb when there is/are is used.

Contractions are used in informal speech

  • There’s a pen on the table.

  • There’re magazines on the floor.

We also use there is for uncountable nouns/items.

  • There IS money in my bag.

  • There IS sugar in the kitchen.


  • Is there a chair in the room?

  • Are there students in the classroom?

  • Is there are a window there?

Formula: Verb + Subject + Object


  • There isn’t (is not) a car on the road.

  • There aren’t a lot of people in the party.

We use the there when we want to say something in general.

  • There are pens on the table.

  • There are balls in the stadium.

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