There is and there are
English grammar (See all our English grammar tips)
There is and there areThere is and there are are used to say that something exists or is present:
There's a problem. A problem exists.
Is there a mall in this town? Is a mall present in this town?
There were twenty people at the party. The number of people at the party was twenty.
This expression also works with:
• auxiliary verbs
There will be a winner. Someone will win.
There must be a mistake. I'm sure something is wrong here.
There is no time to lose. We have no time to waste.
• certain ordinary verbs
There seems to be a problem. I think there's a problem.
There happened to be a storm. There was a storm, by chance.
• In informal language, there's is sometimes followed by a plural:
There's lots of pretty girls around here. There are many pretty girls around here.
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