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    Default there's been= there have been plural

    Could I use the contraction "there's been for there have been" as in "there's been many people protesting.........."?

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    Default Re: there's been= there have been plural

    I'm not a teacher.


    I found the following in "Comments by President On His Choice of Justice" in the New York Times:

    George Bush senior: "No, and a lot of other things too. I believe in the separation of powers. I happen to think that there's been many many things that trouble me - encroachment of micromanagement by the United States Congress on the Presidency. But I haven't asked this able judge about those things."


    I would post a link, but I have not enough posts to have that privilege.

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    Default Re: there's been= there have been plural

    I would put it in the category of things we say, but things we shouldn't write.

    Just like we say "There's... " before something clearly plural, but would usually write "There are..." I''m sure people often do say "There's been.." before something that's clearly plural, but would usually write "There have been."
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Default Re: there's been= there have been plural

    Here's a good link to easy explanations of contractions.
    English Contractions
    They don't cite anything for "there have been" and I'm not certain there is one.
    One thing I do know, however, is that Bush 41 and Bush 43 were each known for some outrageous linguistic gymnastics.
    John

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    Default Re: there's been= there have been plural

    Quote Originally Posted by JohnParis View Post
    Here's a good link to easy explanations of contractions.
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    They don't cite anything for "there have been" and I'm not certain there is one.
    One thing I do know, however, is that Bush 41 and Bush 43 were each known for some outrageous linguistic gymnastics.
    John
    There's --- There is / has --- Example: There's a hotel in the next town. OR There's been too many telephone calls today!

    There's been as in "there's been too many telephone calls today!" clearly stands for there have been, doesn't it?

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    Default Re: there's been= there have been plural

    Yes, it does, but to repeat and emphasise Barb's warning:

    I would put it in the category of things we say, but things we shouldn't write.
    Rover

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