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There ---- two glasses of water on the table.

a) is

b) are

Two glasses of water-------on the table

a) is

b) are

This question is puzzling me. What do you think are the answers?
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Is: Singular

Are: Plural

What do you think are the answers?

You used "are" correctly in your question...
Vorpar
Is: Singular

Are: Plural

What do you think are the answers?

You used "are" correctly in your question...

I don't understand; why is the second one plural? Are we counting the glasses or are we talking about the water?
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Glasses.

When you have the construction [number] of [noun] the verb agrees with the number.

One of my friends IS -- One is

Two of my friends ARE - Two are
Grammar GeekGlasses.

When you have the construction [number] of [noun] the verb agrees with the number.

One of my friends IS -- One is

Two of my friends ARE - Two are

Hello GG,

Why don't we say "there are two glasses of water" then?
Both sentences should have "are." There are two glasses of water on the table. Two glasses of water are on the table. Sorry if this wasn't clear from the earlier responses.
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MrCurious
VorparIs: Singular

Are: Plural

What do you think are the answers?

You used "are" correctly in your question...

I don't understand; why is the second one plural? Are we counting the glasses or are we talking about the water?
Two glasses of water are on the table. (We have to use 'are' because of 'glasses'.)
In grammar, when we say we can't count water, we mean we cannot say "one water, two waters, etc. But 'Two glasses of water are ... " correct because we are counting 'glasses', not water.

I hope I've given you a clear picture in regard to the usage.
Answers and friends are not the same as water. Here's a different construction: Far from being a new Saudi Arabia, the EIA estimates there is about 11 billion barrels of oil and 190 trillion cubic feet of natural gas in the South China Sea, less than 5 per cent of the world's proven oil and gas reserves. (ABC News: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-08-11/south-china-sea-tensions-deter-oil-exploration/6688988 )

So I would say both are correct, depending on where your emphasis lies. Or is it a British versus American thing? Although English is not my native language.
Are and is
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