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why use "sind" here?

Why we say
" Es sind 76 Kilometer bis nach Rom."
instead of "Es ist 76 Kilometer bis nach Rom." ?

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Re: why use "sind" here?

Probably for the same reason that we would say

There are 76 km to Rome ( between here and Rome actually sounds better IMO)
and not
There is 76 km to Rome

In English.
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Re: why use "sind" here?

In English, you'd normally say "it is 76 kilometres to Rome".
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Re: why use "sind" here?

Because 76 km is more than 1 km - so it's plural.

es ist 1 km bis nach …
es sind 2+ km bis nach …
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Re: why use "sind" here?

The Italian also translates to 'there are'.

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Re: why use "sind" here?

And it's more than 76km to Rome while we're correcting stuff...
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Re: why use "sind" here?

Curiously, could you also say:

"Es gibt 76 Kilometer bis nach Rom?"

I'm trying to get a free German lesson here.
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Curiously, could you also say:

"Es gibt 76 Kilometer bis nach Rom?"

I'm trying to get a free German lesson here.
We often used "es gibt" for "there are" in my Migroschule class, so I would say yes at least in some circumstances...just don't ask me what those are.
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We often used "es gibt" for "there are" in my Migroschule class, so I would say yes at least in some circumstances...just don't ask me what those are.
Yes 'es gibt' usually means there is or there are so I think it would be perfectly acceptable to use it in this context.
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Curiously, could you also say:

"Es gibt 76 Kilometer bis nach Rom?"

I'm trying to get a free German lesson here.
I took several attempts trying to explain… also browsed the internet for answers. Nothing found there unfortunately.
Well, fact is you can't say: Es gibt 76 km bis nach Rom.

'Es gibt' means more like 'there exist'. You can't say there exist 76 km to Rome, can you? Maybe in certain situations?

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Re: why use "sind" here?

No, "es gibt 76 km bis nach Rom" doesn't sound right. I can't really explain why (I'm a native speaker, so I don't know the rules)...

es gibt = there exists: that's correct, but would you say "there exist xy km to Rome"?

Dechen01's answer is the best, for 1 km you can say "es ist", for more than 1 km it is "es sind". Like

- Es sind 50 Meter vom Parkplatz bis zur Haustür
- Es sind 200 km von Fribourg bis nach Zürich

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Re: why use "sind" here?

Okay, I just asked my Swiss husband, and he said no, you shouldn't say "Es gibt 76..." -- only "Es sind...".

I asked him why you couldn't say "Es gibt...", but he said he couldn't really explain.
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Okay, I just asked my Swiss husband, and he said no, you shouldn't say "Es gibt 76..." -- only "Es sind...".

I asked him why you couldn't say "Es gibt...", but he said he couldn't really explain.

Till Faltrands proper explanation ,you can tell your husband *Es gibt nichts zu essen ,unteranderm "
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Okay, I just asked my Swiss husband, and he said no, you shouldn't say "Es gibt 76..." -- only "Es sind...".

I asked him why you couldn't say "Es gibt...", but he said he couldn't really explain.
My Swiss hubby concurs. Thankfully folks here are very forgiving, in my experience. If I used es gibt in this context, most people would know what I meant and continue on. I just wish more people would (politely) correct me when I say something totally wrong. I often know I am probably making a mistake with choice of words or word order. How am I ever supposed to get it right if you never tell me I messed up and how to fix it?
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My Swiss hubby concurs. Thankfully folks here are very forgiving, in my experience. If I used es gibt in this context, most people would know what I meant and continue on. I just wish more people would (politely) correct me when I say something totally wrong. I often know I am probably making a mistake with choice of words or word order. How am I ever supposed to get it right if you never tell me I messed up and how to fix it?
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Why we say
" Es sind 76 Kilometer bis nach Rom."
instead of "Es ist 76 Kilometer bis nach Rom." ?

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singular against plural
= es ist EIN Kilometer bis nach Rom
= es sind VIELE Kilometer bis nach Rom
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Curiously, could you also say:

"Es gibt 76 Kilometer bis nach Rom?"

I'm trying to get a free German lesson here.

No, clearly negative. Es gibt Autobahnen zwischen hier und Rom
but NOT Kilometer
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Why we say
" Es sind 76 Kilometer bis nach Rom."
instead of "Es ist 76 Kilometer bis nach Rom." ?

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Try the native language[*]: 'sch hät 76 km uff Rom

That works in both singular and plural.
[*] Buyer beware - non-native speaker
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Okay, I just asked my Swiss husband, and he said no, you shouldn't say "Es gibt 76..." -- only "Es sind...".

I asked him why you couldn't say "Es gibt...", but he said he couldn't really explain.

I can help your husband. ""Es gibt"" requires an indefinite plural, and not a specific number of any kind
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