There is? There are? A definite answer exists.

When beginning a sentence with THERE and following it with a "to be" verb, you must make a choice based on agreement with the subject, which comes AFTER the verb. Do you want IS or ARE? WAS or WERE? Consider this sentence, which certainly fits the season as well as this frequently abused grammar point:

Even though the flu is typically a winter-time illness, there's no definitive answers as to why that's always the case. flu

ANSWERS (plural) is the subject of this sentence. THERE is just a "place holder" at the beginning. Therefore, the verb should be ARE (plural) to match the plural subject ANSWERS. The sentence should read this way:

Even though the flu is typically a winter-time illness, there are no definitive answers as to why that's always the case.

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