There is/There are is a common phrase in English, used to indicate that something "exists" or is in a certain location.
- There is a calendar on the wall.
- There are two posters in my room.
- There are lots of books in the shelf.
- There is a mirror in our hall.
- 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.
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
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.