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    1. There is an estimated 46 million smokers in the USA.
    2. There are estimated 46 million smokers in the USA.

    Are they both correct?

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    Re: an estimated * people

    Quote Originally Posted by herbivorie View Post
    1. There are an estimated 46 million smokers in the USA.
    2. There are an estimated 46 million smokers in the USA.
    2. There are estimated to be 46 million smokers in the USA.
    3. There's an estimated 46 million smokers in the USA.

    Are they both correct?
    I don't like either of your originals.

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    Re: an estimated * people

    Thank you.

    3. There's an estimated 46 million smokers in the USA.
    I've heard that you shouldn't use a shortened form ("There's" in this case) in a formal/scientific document. Do you think "There's" is better than "There is" even in a formal/scientific document?

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    Re: an estimated * people

    Quote Originally Posted by herbivorie View Post

    I've heard that you shouldn't use a shortened form ("There's" in this case) in a formal/scientific document. Do you think "There's" is better than "There is" even in a formal/scientific document?
    No, I don't. In this case, "There's" is a shortened form of "There are", not "There is". In a formal paper, you should write "There are", as in my corrected 1 and 2.
    "There's" can be used as a contraction for "There is" or "There are" (colloquially), but if you expand it, you must use the proper form.

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    Re: an estimated * people

    There is no way that "there's is a shortened form of "there are". I understand what you meant, but that is not correct.

    We can use "there's" colloquially when "there are" is correct formally.

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