English Course for Beginners - CEFR A1 - Lesson 21 of 25

There is / There are

Read and listen to four conversations using the grammar.

Conversation 1

Man: Excuse me, is there a gym in the hotel?
Woman: Yes, there’s one on the first floor.
Man: Great! And is there a pool?
Woman: Yes, there’s a pool on the roof.
Man: Is there a changing room up there?
Woman: No, there isn’t, but there’s a restroom.
Man: OK, thanks.

Conversation 2

Man: So, what is there to do in your town?
Woman: Well, there is a mall, a cinema, and there are a few parks.
Man: Oh, parks, nice. I love nature. Which one do you recommend?
Woman: I think Central City park is the best. There’s a huge garden there.
Man: Is there parking nearby?
Woman: Yeah, there’s a huge parking lot across the street.

Conversation 3

Man: What is there to eat?
Woman: Ah, there is some pasta in the fridge.
Man: Mm, I just had pasta for lunch. What else is there?
Woman: Well, there is some stuff to make sandwiches.
Man: That will do. Where is the bread?
Woman: There’s some in the cupboard I think.

Conversation 4

Man: Are there any exchange students at your school?
Woman: Yes, there are a few.
Man: Really. What countries are they from?
Woman: Ah, let’s see. There is one student from Italy, and there are a few students from France.
Man: Oh, cool. Is there anyone from Paris?
Woman: No, they are all from Leon!

There is / There are

Point 1: Use there is with singular countable nouns.

  1. There is a department store in town.
  2. There is a big mall in this city.
  3. There is not a place to sit.
  4. There is no park near my house.

Point 2: Use there are with plural countable nouns.

  1. There are two cars parked outside my house.
  2. There are some books on the table.
  3. There are not many tall buildings in my town.
  4. There are no new students this year.

Point 3: Use there is with non-countable nouns.

  1. There is crime in the city.
  2. There is money on the table.
  3. There is not any cheese in the fridge.
  4. There is no ice cream in the freezer.

Point 4: We usually use some in positive statements with plural count nouns or uncountable nouns.

  1. There are some stores on Cane Street.
  2. There are some trees outside.
  3. There is some food in the kitchen.
  4. Three is some snow on the mountains.

Point 5: We usually use any in questions and negative statements with plural count nouns or uncountable nouns.

  1. Are there any students in class?
  2. No, there aren't any students. They left.
  3. Is there any snow on the mountain?
  4. No, there isn't any snow. It melted.
Answer these questions about the interview.

Gap Fill: Complete the conversation with the correct word!


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