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    is vs are

    I've heard someone saying"there is still 7 seats left". Shouldn't the sentence be "there are still 7 seats left".?

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    Re: is vs are

    Quote Originally Posted by Daniellll View Post
    I've heard someone saying"there is still 7 seats left". Shouldn't the sentence be "there are still 7 seats left".?
    It should be "There are seven seats left", you're right. However, you'll hear "There is..." or more commonly "There's..." at the beginning at a lot of sentences because a) a lot of native speakers don't know the rule b) a lot of native speakers just ignore the rule and c) a lot of people start a sentence without thinking how it will continue.

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    Re: is vs are

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    It should be "There are seven seats left", you're right. However, you'll hear "There is..." or more commonly "There's..." at the beginning at a lot of sentences because a) a lot of native speakers don't know the rule b) a lot of native speakers just ignore the rule and c) a lot of people start a sentence without thinking how it will continue.
    d) It has become normal to use "There's" with a plural subject, just as many other languages have such a construction. (eg. "Hay un problema; Hay dos problemas"; "Es gibt ein problem; Es gibt zwei probleme")

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