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There is a pair of chopsticks

There are a pair of chopsticks

I think the second is never correct.

What do you think?

Thanks
LiJ
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Hi,

I would use the singular, too.
However, since I was not sure whether the second one is ungrammatical, I did a search (British websites only, to reduce the influence of contents written by non-natives). Here are the results:

"there are a pair of" : 349 hits
"there is a pair of" : 1020 hits

More than a quarter of the total hits for "there are" ... I didn't expect that!
Let's wait for a native!
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Hi,
that's a tricky question! Emotion: wink

I think I would say there is a pair of shoes, not "there are". But if I had to put the verb after, I wouldn't be so sure anymore. A pair of shoes was... were... hmm, I think I would use the singular anyway, on second thought.

You'd probably better wait to see if some natives answer. And maybe there could be some differences between BrE and AmE. Emotion: smile
Liveinjapan
There is a pair of chopsticks. (correct)

There are a pair of chopsticks (wrong)

I think the second is never correct.

KooyeenHi,
that's a tricky question!

I think I would say there is a pair of shoes, not "there are". But if I had to put the verb after, I wouldn't be so sure anymore. A pair of shoes was... were... hmm, I think I would use the singular anyway, on second thought.

You'd probably better wait to see if some natives answer. And maybe there could be some differences between BrE and AmE.
A pair of shoes was (correct)

This pair of scissors is (not 'are') sharp.
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As a learner, we must use the singular here, mustn't we?

Thanks, friends.
LiveinjapanAs a learner, we must use the singular here, mustn't we?
Hi LiJ,
Yes! I agree with other friends too. 'A pair of' goes better with verbs in the singular form.
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