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I have often heard people saying "There's many reasons (or many people, etc)"
If my memory doesn't let me down, plural is to be used in this context: "There are many reasons (many people, etc.)"
thanks for clarification,
But only as a contraction...not as two words. The contraction slides by unnoticed in a way that the uncontracted form cannot. Sure, native speakers say things like "There's many reasons..." or "Where's the scissors?" all the time, without so much as batting an eye. But nobody would say "Where is the scissors?" or "There is many reasons." By using the uncontracted form, emphasis is placed on the singular verb. The is stands out, and too much dissonance is created with the plural object. That's why virtually no native speakers say it that way.Informally, the number invariant 'there is' is widely used.
Last edited by dragn; 30-Jul-2009 at 17:59.
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