- There is a lot of apples in the basket.
- There are a lot of apples in the basket.
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The subject and verb must agree in number: both must be singular or both must be plural. Often the verb follows the subject (e.g. My children like playing football) but in sentences beginning with there is or there are, the subject follows the verb. Since there is not the subject, the verb agrees with what follows.
In your example the subject is 'a lot' which is singular. Therefore the correct answer is:
However the usage "there are a lot..." is very common and because a language is defined by its popular usage, it is now often considered correct
There is a lot of apples in the basket.
For more information about making subjects and verbs agree, click here.
Hope this helps