Which of the following is correct?

  • There has to be rules and regulations.

  • There have to be rules and regulations.

  • This question is not an easy one to answer. Both of them are correct and I think it depends on how you see "rules and regulations". If you consider it as a single concept, you can use "has", however, if you think of it as multiple items, you should use "have". Related, “There IS/ARE rice, meat and potatoes on my plate”. – user24743 May 11 '16 at 8:48

You will hear both, but technically "there have to be rules" is correct.

If you are confused when trying to make this point, you can also say "must", which sounds a bit formal but nobody can argue with it.

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  • Or "should".... – user24743 May 11 '16 at 8:34
  • @ kelario Thanks. I agree that "there have ..." would be technically correct here. But it sounds really odd ! – user33950 May 11 '16 at 9:16

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