Using Was and Were after There

REMEMBER:

GREEN for RIGHT
RED for WRONG

WHY IS THERE A PROBLEM?

We hear – and sometimes see – sentences like:

There was complaints every day.

instead of

There were complaints every day.

See what’s written for is & are (no. 4 on the list) after There. Same rules apply – SINGULAR NOUN to be in agreement with the SINGULAR VERB and likewise with PLURAL NOUN / PLURAL VERB.

TEST:

Write was or were in these sentences.

1. There _______ leaves in the porch.

2. There _______ chips with the pizza.

3. There _______ soldiers in the castle.

4. There _______ six actors on the stage.

5. There _______ three substitutions made during the first half.

6. There _______ two children in the car.

7. There ______ five new players on the team.

8. There ______ four acts in the play.

9. There ______n’t any ships at the quayside.

10. There _____ lessons to be learned.

11. There ______ more girls than boys in the playground.

12. There______ sixteen players on the pitch at one time.

13. There ______ too many players on the pitch at one time.

14. There _____ no arguments from the losing team.

15. There ______ joyful scenes when the result was announced.

16. There ______ lots of blackberries in the back garden.

17. There ______ black markers in his bag.

18. There ______ a black marker in his bag.

19. ______ there a journalist on the panel?

20. ______ there journalists on the panel?

21. There ______n’t enough security there.

22. There ______n’t enough security guards there.

23. _______ there only one party in the village?

24. _______ there many parties in the village?

25. I wonder _______ there too many questions in this test.

ANSWERS:

1 to 17. were 18. was 19. Was 20. Were 21. was 22. were 23. Was 24. Were 25. were

KEY ELEMENT OF LESSON:

There was – requires a SINGULAR NOUN.
There were – requires a PLURAL NOUN.

DON’T FORGET:

There were complaints every day.

REMEMBER:

GREEN for RIGHT
RED for WRONG


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