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    Is/Are.

    I've been confused recently about when I should use is and when I should use are when discussing more than one thing. I'm not sure because I think in my local dialect (Pitmatic, if you're interested) there aren't really any stringent rules regarding them. For example, if I were to say:

    "There's two cars outside."
    "There are two cars outside."
    "There's going to be a few parties."
    "There are going to be a few parties."

    All of those would be acceptable to locals, but I'm guessing not to people from elsewhere. So, I'd like to know in which instances a particular word should be used and why.

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    All sounds good to me Robbie. What is 'pitmatic' is it a mining dialect


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    All of those sentences are acceptable? If they are I'm surprised.

    Yes, pitmatic is a mining dialect. People from outside the area tend to think I speak with a Geordie accent. While there are similarities, to locals the difference is obvious.

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    In spoken english they all sound ok to me.

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    Re: Is/Are.

    Quote Originally Posted by RobbieCook View Post
    I've been confused recently about when I should use is and when I should use are when discussing more than one thing. I'm not sure because I think in my local dialect (Pitmatic, if you're interested) there aren't really any stringent rules regarding them. For example, if I were to say:

    "There's two cars outside."
    "There are two cars outside."
    "There's going to be a few parties."
    "There are going to be a few parties."

    All of those would be acceptable to locals, but I'm guessing not to people from elsewhere. So, I'd like to know in which instances a particular word should be used and why.
    I think most people would accept all of them informally. Nevertheless, only the plural forms are grammatically correct.

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