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There is lots of people in the cinema.
There are lots of people in the cinema.

People, meaning nation, is singular. The plural is peoples: The Greeks are a brave people. The peoples of Europe are often engaged in war.

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Billiards is a very difficult game.
Billiard is a very difficult game.

Billiards, draughts, darts are always plural, but are followed by verbs in the singular.

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This errors are sometimes made by foreigners.
These errors are sometimes made by foreigners.

This changes to these if the noun that follows is in the plural.

Also avoid the use of this instead of the personal pronoun: John had the book but he gave this to his brother should be John had the book but he gave it to his brother.

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I'm glad that the news is good.
I'm glad that the news are good.

News, though plural in form, always takes a singular verb. If only one thing is meant we say a piece or an item of news: This Is a good piece of news.

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Keith complains that his wages are low
Keith complains that his wage is low.

Wages is a plural noun and takes a plural verb. We say: a living wage.

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