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Which one is correct?

1 How many meters is it between this tree and that car?

2 How many meters is there between this tree and that car?

3 How many meters are there between this tree and that car?

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'Is' is the singular form of the verb to be, and 'are' is the plural form.

1 How many meters is it between this tree and that car? - correct, the distance ('it') is a singular thing.

2 How many meters is there between this tree and that car? - incorrect, the metres/meters are plural.

3 How many meters are there between this tree and that car? - correct, see 2 above.

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  • OK. But "10 meters is not a long distance" is correct.
    – user1425
    Jun 2, 2023 at 7:29
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All three sentences are correct in terms of word usage and subject-verb agreement but have slightly different meanings.

The first two sentences are using the singular form of the verb to be (meaning is) in regard to the distance, which is implied by the word (it) and the space which is implied by the word (there). Distance and space are singular nouns and are in agreement with their verb form.

The third sentence is using the plural form of the verb (meaning are) in regard to the word meters, which is also plural. So here too, subject-verb agreement is correct.

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