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If the subject is plural we use 'are', and if it is singular we use 'is'.

There is a pen on the table.

There are two pens on the table.

What about when there are multiple parts? As in: one teacher, one student and two players.

A. There is one teacher, one student and two players in the boat.

B. There are one teacher, one student and two players in the boat.

A or B?

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When there is a list of things, follow this rule:

If the first noun listed is singular, use "There is".

If the first noun listed is plural, use "There are".

Therefore, sentence (A) is ok.

"There is one teacher, one student and two players in the boat."

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