Sep 25, 2020 - 09:34 PM
The rules in English are confusing for compound subjects like this. I believe in Italian you can just use c'è when referring to a singular subject, and ci sono for a plural or more than one subject (someone please correct me if I'm mistaken).
So in this case:
Ci sono [cereali e frutta] - There ARE [two items]: cereal and fruit.
C'è [caffè] - There IS [one item]: coffee
Of course, there's a fun twist in this case :) When referring to cereal meaning the food in Italian, the plural noun is used. Cereali is a plural masculine noun. So even if someone ate all the frutta already, you'd still say: Ci sono cereali.
Hope this helps!
Sep 30, 2020 - 11:33 AM