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Hello everyone, I'm a newcomer. It is a wonderful job you guys are doing with this forum.

I have a doubt. I wonder if anyone could help me with it:

"In my backpack there is a pencil, a book and a rubber"

or

"In my backpack there are a pencil, a book and a rubber"

Which one is correct?
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I think the first sounds completely natural.

Three individual things are listed individually.

You would have to say, "... there are three pencils", but I interpret the sentence as being an abbreviated version of, "In my backpack there is a pencil, and there is a book, and there is a rubber."

Cheers

John.
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If the pencil is more than one you can put "are", if not you are correct with "in my backpage there is a pencil, a book and a rubber"