was vs were :

was or were

In phrases beginning with “there” many people overlook the need to choose a plural or singular form of the verb “to be” depending on what follows. ”There were several good-looking guys at the party” [plural]. “There was one of them who asked for my phone number” [singular].See also

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  • Bicyclist, 23, killed in freak accident was starting a new life, with new job and toddler daughter, after years in ...
    SAN JOSE -- Shayla Cypriano was riding her bike to her new job as a pet groomer, finally earning a pay check to help raise her 2-year-old daughter and build the self-esteem that had eluded her during years in foster care, when a freak accident took her life.
    June 14, 2013 - The Milpitas Post
  • For Blackhawks, wait was worth it
    For Blackhawks, wait was worth it Associated Press Copyright 2013 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Published 11:36 pm, Thursday, June 13, 2013 The winner of Game 1 has gone on to win the title in 56 of the 73 seasons since the NHL went to a best-of-seven format for the championship series in 1939. The Bruins ...
    June 14, 2013 - Albany Times Union
  • Spring feel chilly? It was -- the coldest since 1996
    By Becky OskinLiveScienceThis year's spring seemed more like a never-ending winter for people in much of the country, and it wasn't just in their imaginations. The chilly weather was the coldest spring since 1996, the National Climate Data Center (NCDC) said Thursday.Fourteen states east of the Rockies had spring temperatures that ranked among their 10 lowest since record-keeping started more ...
    June 14, 2013 - NBC NEWS

  • Waiting on the Fed, Wall St. Is Unchanged
    Stocks were largely unchanged in early trading on Wednesday, holding on to gains over the last two days, ahead of a highly anticipated Federal Reserve statement and news conference.
    June 19, 2013 - New York Times
  • Bump says dead were collecting welfare for decades
    Some of the people whose Social Security numbers were used to receive public benefits had been dead for decades, Auditor Suzanne Bump told a House oversight committee Monday. “We could see when we’re looking at the data, this is a Social Security number of someone who had died decades ago,” Bump said, noting that in addition to recipients who died and stayed on the rolls, some of them were ...
    June 18, 2013 - The Patriot Ledger
  • Cops were near Castro home 1000 times
    During the more than a decade that Ariel Castro allegedly held kidnapped teenagers and young women captive in his home at 2207 Seymour Ave., police officers were within shouting distance of the house more than a thousand times, according to Cleveland Police Department records analyzed by NBC News.
    June 17, 2013 - MSN