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    Are vs is

    Hi guys,

    Please check.

    "There are few people in this world whose lives are not adventerous" or do I need to say "whose life is not adventerous"?

    I have noticed that native speakers use "Is" instead of "are" many times. For example "Heres all the claims" or "Whats the last four digits of the id number". Can I use "are" in this kind of formation without any problem?

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    Re: Are vs is

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    Hello, Tufguy:

    In my opinion, I believe that you can, indeed, say "Here's the ..." and "What's the last ...." without "any problem" in ordinary American conversation.

    This is especially common with the word "there."

    "There's a lot of people in the cafeteria today."
    "There's four books on the table."
    "Hey. look! There's Mona and James!"

    In conversation, we tend to speak fast. So I feel that many native speakers do not want to take the time to pronounce "are."

    Another reason may be the fact that it is difficult to pronounce "there're" (the contraction for "there are").

    OF COURSE, in formal writing (a business letter or a report for your teacher), it would a good idea NOT to use 's for are.


    James

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    Re: Are vs is

    I disagree with James on the first two. It is far batter to use "There are" in those cases. In the third case (Mona and James), I agree.

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