Correct verb with there

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Which of the following two sentences is correct?

There is one primary station and multiple secondary stations.

There are one primary station and multiple secondary stations.

I think the first one is correct. But I don't know the reason.

user93387

Posted 2019-05-07T03:27:14.257

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Piyush, both of them are correct. Please refer here for more discussion https://english.stackexchange.com/questions/140854/there-is-there-are-depends-on-plurality-of-the-first-list-element-or-not/140863#140863

– Man_From_India – 2019-05-07T15:34:03.540

Answers

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The first one is correct. Often we have the verb match the closest subject, and elide the other.

So the bold here would be a correct sentence, and the brackets contain the implied verb:

There is one primary station and [there are] multiple secondary stations.

There is one over here and [there is] one over there.

There are three stations nearby and [there is] one further away.

Katy

Posted 2019-05-07T03:27:14.257

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