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Grammar Repair Shop: Strengthen sentences by axing ‘there is’

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Steer clear of this sentence structure when writing: “There’s coffee and bagels in the conference room.”
Why? For one thing, it isn’t grammatically correct. The subject—“coffee and bagels”—is plural, so it should take the plural “are.”

But even with the correct verb in place, the sentence sounds weak, thanks to the “There are” structure. Make the sentence stronger and clearer by removing the “there are/there is” construction entirely:

“Coffee and bagels are in the conference room.”

Another example: “There are a statement of account and a ledger enclosed with this report.”

Better: “A statement of account and a ledger are enclosed with this report.”
Even better: “We’ve enclosed a statement of account and a ledger with this report.”

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