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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?)
Not a teacher.
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.
Last edited by 5jj; 06-Jul-2013 at 05:26.
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.
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.
...and the movie is called '
TheBeauty and the Beast'.