I was talking to native. They corrected me and said that usually we use "is" with degrees. For example:

There is 27 degrees here.

And we shouldn't use it like that:

There are 27 degrees here.

Is it true? Is here some rule for that...? Cause I don't get it. For me, degrees is plural. Why should we use "is" here?

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    In the US, at least, you wouldn't say "There is 27 degrees" but rather "It is 27 degrees".
    – Hot Licks
    Oct 16, 2021 at 21:43
  • There's also the consideration that implicilty the noun that the verb is agreeing with is "termperature" rather than "degrees"
    – user888379
    Oct 16, 2021 at 21:50
  • @user888379 Please write an answer, not a comment. Oct 16, 2021 at 21:56
  • I don't have an authoritative source to cite, I'm afraid.
    – user888379
    Oct 16, 2021 at 22:15
  • Do you mean degrees Farenheit/Celcius/Kelvin or do you mean degrees of arc?
    – BoldBen
    Oct 16, 2021 at 22:23

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"Degree" is a count noun. The singular form is "a [or one] degree" and the plural is "degrees." This is true for both temperature and geometry.

But when discussing the temperature at some place, we do not say "There are XX degrees here." Instead we describe the temperature (which is a singular noun):

The temperature here is 27 degrees.
It is 27 degrees here.

So that may be why the person you were talking to associated the singular form of the verb to be with the plural noun "degrees."

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