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    My friend sees his parents walking towards us and he says: That's my parents! VS T

    My friend sees his parents walking towards us and he says:

    That's my parents!

    VS

    Those are my parents!

    Are both okay here?

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    Re: My friend sees his parents walking towards us and he says: That's my parents! V

    I am not a teacher.

    This is the same as your other question about here's vs here are, and wasn't there another one about there's vs there are?

    Using the singular 'is' instead of the plural 'are' when referring to something countable in the plural is grammatically incorrect, but you will hear it a lot; although not from me.

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    Re: My friend sees his parents walking towards us and he says: That's my parents! V

    But even something like:

    That's my parents?

    That just sounds wrong...

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    Re: My friend sees his parents walking towards us and he says: That's my parents! V

    It is wrong.

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    Re: My friend sees his parents walking towards us and he says: That's my parents! V

    Imagine I am walking along with a friend. We see two people coming towards us in the distance. I wave to them and they wave back. My friend says "Who's that?" I reply "It's my parents". That is a perfectly natural exchange even though there are two people but both the question and the answer appear to use the singular (Who's = Who is, It's = It is).
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: My friend sees his parents walking towards us and he says: That's my parents! V

    "They are my parents" would be just as likely -- maybe more likely.

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    Re: My friend sees his parents walking towards us and he says: That's my parents! V

    I wouldn't use that in reply to "Who's that?" I might use it in reply to "Who are they?" but that wouldn't be the natural question (BrE) in my scenario.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: My friend sees his parents walking towards us and he says: That's my parents! V

    User's choice.

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