“There are believed to be some ghosts” or ”There is …”?

There are believed to be some ghosts in that house

There is believed to be some ghosts in that house

Can anyone tell me which of the to be verb is correct in this case?

Answer

The predicate of this sentence ‘are believed to be…’ is called a modal complex predicate.
Its finite verb form must correspond with the Subject Number which is plural /ghosts/.
So the only grammatically correct sentence is ‘There are believed to be…’

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