In English, how do you say...?
I'm a little bit confused :). Could you help me to figure out when to use 'there is' and when 'there are'?
In English textbooks we are taught to use 'there is' every time when a singular countable noun comes first, for example, 'There is a lamp and two books on the table.' However, as I understand, when we talk about 'a lamp and two books' and want to use a pronoun, we need to use 'they', so, it means that the right way to say, 'There are a lamp and two books on the table.'
But when we have two and more uncountable nouns together, for instance, salt and sugar, should we say, 'There is salt and sugar on the table'?
Thank you in advance!
There is - is perfectly acceptable (most people would use this in spoken language) but there are - is grammatically more correct.