there is – there are

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1. Use of there is, there are in sentences and questions

  Singular Plural
Affirmative sentences There is a cat in the room. There are two cats in the room.
Negative sentences There is not a cat in the room There are not two cats in the room.
There is no cat in the room. There are no cats in the room.
Questions Is there a cat in the room? Are there two cats in the room?

2. Contracted forms of there is, there are

  • Contactions are only possibe from there is – there's
  • The form there're is not used.
  • Do not form contracted forms in questions with is there/are there.
  Singular Plural
Affirmative sentences There's a cat in the room. There are two cats in the room.
Negative sentences There's not a cat in the room. There are not two cats in the room.
There isn't a cat in the room.
There's no cat in the room. There are no cats in the room.
Questions Is there a cat in the room? Are there two cats in the room?

► In informal English you may hear the contracted form there's used with plural nouns. This is grammatically not correct.


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