There is many food there.

There is are many food foods there.

Is the above sentence correct ?

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    No, your example is not correct. But it's nothing to do with using the word there twice. You've got the "plurality" of the verb and noun wrong - it should be There are many foods there. In which context foods is "countable" - many different types of food, as opposed to "uncountable" There is much food there (a lot of food). – FumbleFingers Reinstate Monica Feb 10 '17 at 15:30
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    It's okay now that it has been edited. "There" has two distinct functions in your example. The first "there" is a dummy pronoun as subject, the second an adverb (or preposition) as locative complement. – BillJ Feb 10 '17 at 18:04
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    You can even use there more than twice, as in Gertrude Stein's classic "there's no there there". – jamesqf Feb 10 '17 at 20:34
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    There is nothing there ! – Snicolas Feb 11 '17 at 13:02
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    There, there, it's OK. Just watch out trying to use "many" for a mass (uncountable) noun. – WBT Feb 11 '17 at 20:10

Your use of 'there' twice is fine. However, your use of 'many' is wrong, as 'food' is singular. In most contexts, you could use 'much' instead. That would be gramatical here:

There is much food there.

but that doesn't sound great to a native English speaker - instead, simply

There is a lot of food there.

Use 'many' for plural nouns e.g.

There are many pizzas there.

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    You are probably right to presume that the OP means "a lot of food," but "there are many foods there" (as the question was edited to read) would usually mean "many different types of food." "Many pizzas" doesn't imply many variations of pizza, but "many foods" does. Probably worth pointing that out so that the OP gets the proper advice? – Yorik Feb 10 '17 at 18:02
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    "that doesn't sound great to a native English speaker" I'm English and it sounds great! A little over-styled perhaps but, depending on company, that could be a good thing. – Lightness Races with Monica Feb 11 '17 at 14:40
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    "There is so much food there!", on the other hand, seems quite standard to my untrained ear. – Zachiel Feb 11 '17 at 21:02

There are many foods there. Food in this use is plural so you need are instead of is. Using the word there twice in this example is fine and perfectly common and understandable.

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    Also, while "There are many foods there" may technically be correct, it sounds very stilted. Food in plural form is uncommon. A native speaker would be more likely to say something similar to "There is a lot of food there" or "There are many different kinds of food there", depending on the exact intended meaning of the sentence, to avoid pluralizing food. – Aiaimai Feb 10 '17 at 16:35
  • @Aiaimai I agree that I would not necessarily say it like that, but it does depend on where you are from. Some places are more casual than others. I tend to answer the exact question and forget that the OP may want the more colloquial answer. – WRX Feb 10 '17 at 16:42
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    If I heard "There are many foods there" from a native speaker, I'd think they were talking about variety. If I knew they were a non-native speaker, I'd think it was an error. – TecBrat Feb 10 '17 at 17:14
  • @TecBrat and that is exactly what I assumed. If OP does not mean 'variety' -- that's different. – WRX Feb 10 '17 at 17:16

The word there can have multiple uses or meanings.

[There is/are] is a way to express existence.

[there] can also express location.

These sentences use both meanings, and there's nothing wrong with that.

Many foods [exist] [in that location].


'There, there' is in itself a phrase used to comfort someone; http://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/There,+there

It's also a brilliant Radiohead song; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7AQSLozK7aA

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