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Posted by on Monday, August 25, 2008 at 9:06am.

There is a couple in my neighborhood.
They are poor and they have no children.

Do we have to use 'there is' instead of 'there are'? In the second sentence 'they' refers to 'a couple'.
Do we have to use 'they'?

  • English - , Monday, August 25, 2008 at 9:38am

    The word "couple" is a collective noun, like family. Each word is made up of more than one person, but the word itself is singular. However, "they" then refers to the people in that group.

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