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Grammar Pattern 32
There is / There are

Model Sentence
There is a big dog in front of the house

Use this simple grammar pattern to start lots of conversations. Start with "There is" when talking about one thing or start your conversation with "There are" if you are talking about two or more things. Then explain what (in the Model Sentence the "what" is "a big dog") and explain where ("in front of the house") and you have a good sentence! There are three discussion questions at the end to get you started using this sentence pattern in real conversations. Have fun!

Pronunciation Practice - Repeat each sentence out loud!

1. There are three people in my family.
2. There is a book on the table.
3. There aren't any eggs in the refrigerator.
4. There isn't any time left in the game.
5. There are only a few cars on the road.
6. There are too many cars on the road.

Conversation Practice - Ask these questions to your friends!

1. Are there many people in your family?
2. How many people work in your office?
3. Are there too many cars in your city?
4. Is there too much pollution in your hometown?
5. Is there any cheese in your refrigerator?

Discussion Questions - Give longer answers to these questions.

1. Do you think there are too many people in the world?
2. Are there people in this world that you admire?
3. Is there a special place that you want to visit?

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