There is / There are

There is / There are

There is / There are

In the English language we use two phrases to express the existence of something or someone in a place.

Look at these examples:

  • There is / There are
    There is a computer in the bedroom
    There is / There are
    There is a washing machine in the laundry room
    There is / There are
    There is a cat in the living room
    There is / There are
    There is an orchid in the flower pot

    Pay attention that in the singular form, we use a or an before the singular element.

  • There is / There are
    There are two sofas in the living room
    There is / There are
    There are three cushions in the sofa
    There is / There are
    There are four flowers in the vase

    Pay attention that in the plural form it is necessary to mention the number of the elements and the elements are in the plural form.

  • What happens if we don't have one or more than two elements in a place or area?

    There is / There are
    There isn't a TV in the bedroom
    There is / There are
    There isn't a microwave in the kitchen
    There is / There are
    There isn't a painting in the living room
    There is / There are
    There isn't an eraser in my pencil case
  • There is / There are
    There aren't any windows in the bedroom
    There is / There are
    There aren´t any students in the classroom
    There is / There are
    There aren't any books in the bookshelf

    Pay attention that in the previous examples the word any is used to express the absence of elements in the plural form.

Writing exercise

Look at the following pictures and complete de sentences. Use a/an for singular nouns or the number for plural nouns.

Observa las imágenes y completa las oraciones. Utiliza a/an para sustantivos en singular o el número exacto para los sustantivos en plural.

There is / There are

Follow the example:

There are four chairs in the classroom (chair).

There is / There are

1. There are in the bedroom (bed).

two beds
There is / There are

2. There is in the laundry room (washing machine).

a washing machine
There is / There are

3. There is in the living room (armchair).

an armchair
There is / There are

4. There is in the bathroom (rug).

a rug
There is / There are

5. There are in the dining room (curtain).

two curtains
There is / There are

6. There are in the bathroom (mirror).

three mirrors
There is / There are

7. There are in a living room (person).

five persons
There is / There are

8. There are in the studio (boy).

two boys
True or false exercise

Click on the best option. Are these sentences True or False?

Da click en la opción correcta. Son estas oraciones ¿ciertas o falsas?

There is / There are
1. There is a sink in the kitchen.
2. There is a blender.
3. There isn’t a rug.
4. There is a fridge.
5. There aren’t any cupboards.
6. There isn’t a coffee table.
7. There is a microwave.
8. There is a TV.
9. There are two stoves.
10. There aren’t any windows.
Writing exercise

Look at this picture and write a description by using there is/there are (affirmative or negative) and the words given. Don’t forget to use a, an, any or the number of the elements where is necessary.

Observa la imagen y describe lo que hay usando there is/there are (afirmativo o negativo) usa las palabras que se te proporcionan. No olvides usar a, an, any o el número de los elementos donde sea necesario.

What are there in this living room?

Follow the example:

0. (book)

There aren’t any books in the living room.
There is / There are
1. (coffee table)
There is a coffee table in the living room.
2. (sofa)
There are two sofas in the living room.
3. (bed)
There isn’t a bed in the living room.

4. (armchair)

There is an armchair in the living room.

5. (lamp)

There are two lamps in the living room.

6. (cat)

There isn’t a cat in the living room.

7. (cushion)

There are nine cushions in the living room.

8. (flower pot)

There is a flower pot in the living room.

9. (painting)

There are three paintings in the living room.
You can check your answers when you finish the activity.