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We always use "is a" not "are a"...



 
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We always use "is a" not "are a"... #1 (permalink) Thu May 13, 2010 6:58 am   We always use "is a" not "are a"...
 

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ESL/EFL Test #840 "Rewriting Sentences (2)", question 3

The Wilsons have a lot of trees in their backyard.
There ......... a lot of trees in the Wilson's backyard.

(a) are
(b) is
(c) having
(d) have

English Language Tests, Intermediate level

ESL/EFL Test #840 "Rewriting Sentences (2)", answer 3

The Wilsons have a lot of trees in their backyard.
There are a lot of trees in the Wilson's backyard.

Correct answer: (a) are

Your answer was: incorrect
The Wilsons have a lot of trees in their backyard.
There is a lot of trees in the Wilson's backyard.
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we always use "is a" not "are a"... can u please tell me why this "are a"

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We always use "is a" not "are a"... #2 (permalink) Thu May 13, 2010 7:15 am   We always use "is a" not "are a"...
 

The plural of 'is' is 'are', and most of the time you are right, it wouldn't be followed by 'a/n' but 'a lot' is an alternative for 'lots'.

There are a lot of trees in their backyard.
could be rewritten
There are lots of trees in their backyard.

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