There is / There are | one, any, some

Carl is new to the neighborhood and asks a person on the street (Vera) for some help. Practice using there is and there are.

Carl: Oh, Excuse me. I hope you don't mind me interrupting you but I’m new around here and could do with a few directions. I don't know my way around yet.

Vera: Oh, that's OK. No problem. How can I help?

Carl: Well, I need to get some things for the apartment. I wonder, is there a department store near here?

Vera: Well, actually, there isn't one near here, but there are some very good stores on Cane Street just around the corner. I would recommend looking there for what you need.

Carl: Oh, that's great. That's a great idea. I don't want to be running all over town. And are there any grocery stores or supermarkets? I could do with getting some food in.

Vera: Yeah. That’s easy. There's a Tesco right down there, see, and there's some grocery stores on Cane near the other stores so it's easy.

Carl: Great, thanks for that. I won’t take any more of your time and thank you for being so kind. It's really nice of you.

Vera: Oh, that's no problem. Oh and welcome to the neighborhood. See you around.

Carl: Bye.

Grammar Notes

Point 1: We use 'there is' with singular countable nouns and uncountable nouns.
  1. There is a department store in town.
  2. There is crime in this city.
Point 2: We use 'there are' with plural countable nouns.
  1. There are two cars parked outside my house.
  2. Are there any chairs in the room?
Point 3: We usually use 'any' in questions with plural count nouns or uncountable nouns. We also usually use 'it' in negative statements with plural count nouns or uncountable nouns.
  1. Are there any apartments available?
  2. Is there any rice in the kitchen?
  3. I don’t have any eggs.
  4. There isn’t any crime.
Point 4: We usually use 'some' in positive statements with plural count nouns or uncountable nouns.
  1. There are some stores on Cane Street.
  2. I have some rice.
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Vocabulary Challenge

Complete the sentences with the words below.
one • there is • there are
some • any
  1. There aren't banks near here.
  2. I bought plums.
  3. a bus station over there.
  4. over a hundred hotels here.
  5. There is over there.