Which One Is Correct, 'There Are A Lot Of Things' Or 'There Is A Lot Of Things'?


"There is a lot of" and "There are a lot of" are both legitimate terms, depending on whether the noun is countable or not.

For example:

There are a lot of cars. ("cars" is countable) There is a lot of sugar. ("sugar" is not countable)

In your example, animals are countable, therefore the sentence should read.

There are a lot of animals.

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There are lots of animals.



If you are describing a plot of land that has many animals, then use the first option. If you are describing a situation where there are many animals in general, use "There are many animals."

The subject, to me, is Lot - as in Bag, Box, Bundle, etc... So, There is a BAG of cars...Think "parking" Lot.... There IS a Parking Lot of cars - NOT - There ARE a Parking Lot of cars. That said, As commented by someone else, either way sounds incorrect to me.


Neither of them are. It should be either of those:

There are a lot of animals.

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There are lots of animals.

In these constructions, the verb ("are") will agree with the noun phrase coming after it, and "a lot of animals" is plural so you need to use "are".

"There ARE a lot of animals" is incorrect. "Lot" is the subject of the sentence and it is singular. "Is" goes with a singular subject, "are" goes with a plural subject. "There ARE lots" is correct because the subject "LOTS" is plural. When you say..."There IS a lot of animals"...that is correct. "Animals" is plural but it"s not the subject. It"s the object of the preposition "of". This is also INCORRECT..."There was an accident. But none of the passengers WERE injured". The correct way is...."But none of the passengers WAS injured". "Passengers" is not the subject but the object of the preposition "of". "None" is the subject. It"s singular because "None" is short for "not one". If you"re asked..."how many were injured?". You wouldn"t say..."Not one were". You"d say..."Not one was".

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