The exercise is to pick the correct verb in the following sentences:
Last year there (was/were) two cinemas and one hotel on Apple street.
There (is/are) one cinema and two hotels there now.
In the first it's definitely "were". What about the second?
Context: this exercise was given to elementary school kids in an English class in a non-English speaking country. The teacher said that the correct answer is "is" becasue the part of the subject immediately following the verb is singular "one cinema". Is this true?
I know that this question is very similar to "There is" or "There are" a man and a woman?. But I still would like to ask it for this exercise, intentionally constructed to be confusing.