“There is a lot of” vs “There are a lot of”

there is are a lot ofDo we say “There is a lot…” or “There are a lot of…”? This question was put to me recently by a student who noted that “lot” is the first noun after a verb. In theory, the verb should be singular with “a lot of”, because it is a singular “lot”. Comparing “There are a lot of apples.” and “There is a lot of apples.”, this sounds incorrect, however. Why? Continue reading ““There is a lot of” vs “There are a lot of””

Should “no” be followed by a singular or a plural noun?

no with singular or plural nouns

no with singular or plural nounsNo is used to describe nouns, meaning zero – no cheese, no fun, no noise, no clowns, etc. Withuncountable nouns, zero is always followed by a plural – zero people, zero degrees, etc. However, no is more flexible than zero. Normally, it is followed by a plural noun – but sometimes it is followed by a singular noun. Continue reading “Should “no” be followed by a singular or a plural noun?”