I am an Engilsh teacher of young learners in Asia (and I am not a native-speaker). Please help me clearify some questions:
(1) There is V.S. There are
In two of the text books I am using in class, we learned sentences like: There is a living room, a dining room and a bedroom in the house.
There is a sandwich, a potato and an orange on the table.
(FYI, the books are Side by Side published by Longman, Open House published by Oxford University Pres) And I told the kids we would use "There are cats and dogs" or "There are two birds in the tree" when "there" followed with plural nouns.
And thus, my students and I followed the text books and we got used to this kinds of oral and written expression. But now all of my students are facing a problem: their junior high school teachers told them that's wrong and didn't give them any points on the tests. The teachers told them the sentences should be like: There are a cat and a dog under the table.
because there are two objects ( a cat and a dog).
(2) Running Nose vs. Runny Nose
Is there any difference between the two usage? I told my students that "I have a runny nose and my nose is running." But my students said their school teachers told them it should be RUNNING NOSE"
My students are quite confused. And I don't know how to help them or even to express to them. Please help me. Thanks a lot!