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    #1

    there's no pictures

    Hello,

    I was watching the movie The Beauty and the Beast from Disney, and in one scene, one of the characters says: How can you read this book? There's no pictures.
    According to the grammar it should be there are no pictures, right? So I wonder how common is this kind of "mistake"? (or how common this kind of mistake is?)

    Thank you.
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    Re: there's no pictures

    Quote Originally Posted by BrunaBC View Post
    Hello,

    I was watching the movie The Beauty and the Beast from Disney, and in one scene, one of the characters says: How can you read this book? There's no pictures.
    According to the grammar it should be there are no pictures, right? So I wonder how common is this kind of "mistake"? (or how common this kind of mistake is?)

    Thank you.
    It is a very common mistake.

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    #3

    Re: there's no pictures

    It's not a mistake. There's + plural is acceptable in colloquial speech and not just with no. There's a lot of things I need to do. It is not acceptable, however, to say there is + plural. There are many previous threads on this.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: there's no pictures

    Quote Originally Posted by Chicken Sandwich View Post
    It's not a mistake. There's + plural is acceptable in colloquial speech and not just with no. There's a lot of things I need to do. It is not acceptable, however, to say there is + plural. There are many previous threads on this.
    Just because it is common does not make it correct.

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    #5

    Re: there's no pictures

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    Just because it is common does not make it correct.
    True, but CS said, "There's + plural is acceptable [not correct - 5jj] in colloquial speech" I agree.
    Last edited by 5jj; 06-Jul-2013 at 05:26.

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    Re: there's no pictures

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    Just because it is common does not make it correct.
    Just because it's strictly 'incorrect' doesn't make it a mistake.
    It's ubiquitous in AusE, and many of us who use it know what a prescriptive grammarian would say of it. But we do it willfully.

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    #7

    Re: there's no pictures

    Just out of curiosity, if you heard a non-native (English learner) say "There's no pictures in this book.", how would you react?

    (Please imagine that you are teaching English to ESL students in your class.)
    Last edited by tzfujimino; 06-Jul-2013 at 08:15.

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    Re: there's no pictures

    I would tell them almost exactly what has been said in this thread. In any exam situation, they must use "There are" before a plural but they should be aware that they will hear "There's" before a plural so frequently in spoken English that they should get used to it and not worry!
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #9

    Re: there's no pictures

    Quote Originally Posted by tzfujimino View Post
    Just out of curiosity, if you heard a non-native (English learner) say "There's no pictures in this book.", how would you react?

    (Please imagine that you are teaching English to ESL students in your class.)
    I'd simply explain that, at her level, she shouldn't need pictures.

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    #10

    Re: there's no pictures

    ...and the movie is called 'The Beauty and the Beast'.

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