There is / There are / There isn’t / There aren’t

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there is - there are - there isn't - there aren't

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There is vs There are

“There is” (usually abbreviated to “there’s”) is used for singular or uncountable objects in the affirmative:

  • There is something I have to tell you. (Singular “something”)
  • There’s milk in the fridge. (Uncountable “milk”)
  • There’s a window upstairs. (Singular “window”)
  • There’s ketchup on my chips! (Uncountable “ketchup”)

 

“There are” (sometimes abbreviated to “there’re” but not often) is used for objects in the countable or plural form in the affirmative.

  • There are ten cookies left in the cupboard. (Countable “cookies”)
  • There are ants everywhere! (Plural “ants”)
  • There are six jobs to do! (Countable “jobs”)
  • There are no people here. (Plural “people”)

 

There isn’t vs There aren’t

“There isn’t” is used for singular or uncountable objects in the negative:

  • There isn’t time for this. (Uncountable “time”)
  • There isn’t a hope for him. (Singular “hope”)
  • There isn’t any jam left! (Uncountable “jam”)
  • There’s isn’t a place for us to stay. (Singular “place”)

 

“There aren’t” is used for objects in the countable or plural form in the negative:

  • There aren’t any cookies left! (Plural “cookies”)
  • There aren’t ten footballs, there are only five! (Countable “footballs”)
  • There aren’t any dogs barking. (Plural “dogs”)
  • There aren’t ten continents, there are only seven! (Countable “continents”)

 

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