There is/There are is a common phrase in English, used to indicate that something "exists" or is in a certain location.


  1. There is a calendar on the wall.
  2. There are two posters in my room.
  3. There are lots of books in the shelf.
  4. There is a mirror in our hall.
  5. There are children in the yard.



The contraction of there is is there's. You cannot contract there are.

Example: There's ten people outside!

Contractions are mostly used informally in speech.


Negative Form:

The negative is formed by putting not after is or are:

  • There is not a tree in the garden.
  • There are not two elephants in the zoo.

The Negative contractions are:

There's not = There isn't

There are not = There aren't


Common mistakes

Since the expression there is/are usually has no equivalent in other languages, students sometimes use have instead.

Have a lot of food on the table.
It has a lot of food on the table.
There have a lot of food on the table.


There is a lot of food on the table.

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