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salwamel
Tunisia

I need your help
 
hello dear collegues 
which is correct in these two senntences:
         on the table there is rice, salad, fish and chips and some fruit.
or      on the table there are rice, salad, fish and chips and some fruit.   
 

6 Feb 2015      



you_per7
Algeria

I guess the second one is correct.
 

6 Feb 2015     



1lh4n
Turkey

First one is correct. Because rice is an uncountable noun. So, you should you use is for uncountable nouns. But, even if it were a countable noun, you would use "is" as in the example;
 
There is a boy and two girls in the garden.
 
There are two girls and a boy in the garden. 

You should focus on the object coming after "There is/are".

6 Feb 2015     



redcamarocruiser
United States

1. I would say the first one is correct because we ask What is on the table? [There is] rice, salad, fish and chips, and some fruit. Edit: I noticed that when I tried to describe the objects on my desk to answer the question, "What is on the desk", I began saying "There is" and I named singular objects. But if I deliberately focused on a plural object (such as the speakers) first, then I noticed that I had to Change it to "There are speakers, a pencil, etc.


3. 1lh4n hit the nail on the head, in my opinion. Good explanation!

Edit:

To 2. "Sentences beginning with "there are" and "there is" are using a different kind of sentence structure called an expletive construction...

Itīs a compound subject since it has two nouns connected by the word "and," which makes it plural, but itīs still a subject; and itīs always the subject of a sentence that drives your verb choice, even if the subject isnīt at the beginning of the sentence.

Now that you know the subject is "a couch and a coffee table" and that itīs plural, itīs easy to choose the right verb: "are." Plural subject take plural verbs. (The subjects are underlined in the following examples.)

- See more at: http://www.quickanddirtytips.com/education/grammar/oddness-when-you-start-a-sentence-with-there-is#sthash.KLU6K8q2.dpuf"

6 Feb 2015     



ebrahmi
Tunisia

1lh4n is definitely right. 

7 Feb 2015     



you_per7
Algeria

I thought that it is correct to say
 
there is rice or there is salad.
but if you mention more than one thing, It would be better to say
There are rice, salad,....

7 Feb 2015     



Jayho
Australia

There is a good explanation here
 
Cheers
 
Jayho

7 Feb 2015     



salwamel
Tunisia

Thank you very much for your replies! It was very usefu

7 Feb 2015