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    A problem with plural

    Today I read a book and there was a sentence: "And there's too many of them". From my understanding, 's=is. But I think "too many of them" implies "plural" so it should be: "And there're too many of them." I am very confused. Can anyone give me an explanation? Thanks in advanced :)

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    #2

    Re: A problem with plural

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    Hello Hboy:


    1. There are five books.
    2. There're five books.
    3. There's five books.

    #1 is correct.
    #2 is correct, but it is very difficult to pronounce.
    #3 is acceptable in ordinary conversation. It's a good idea NOT to use such a sentence in formal writing, in my opinion.

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    #3

    Re: A problem with plural

    I would use "there are".

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    #4

    Re: A problem with plural

    Quote Originally Posted by -hell_boy- View Post
    Thanks in advanced :)
    That should be 'Thanks in advance.' (Note: not 'advanced', and with a full stop instead of a homemade emoticon.)

    Many posters just wait until they've received a useful answer and then click the 'Thank' button.

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    Additionally, Please note that a better title would have been And there's too many of them.

    Extract from the Posting Guidelines:

    'Thread titles should include all or part of the word/phrase being discussed.'

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    Re: A problem with plural

    Quote Originally Posted by -hell_boy- View Post
    But I think "too many of them" implies "plural" so it should be: "And there're too many of them."
    You're right, but in colloquial speech, you will often hear the singular (there's) used- when it flows better and is easier to say, many people use the singular in place of the grammatically and mathematically correct plural. I agree with TheParser that this should not be done in formal language.

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    Re: A problem with plural

    Quote Originally Posted by TheParser View Post
    2. There're five books.
    #2 is correct, but it is very difficult to pronounce.
    I don't find this particularly difficult to pronounce- I use a schwa for 're- /eərəfaɪv/.

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