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    There's not a thousand people... Why there is?

    There's a thousand people out there crowding you or doing what you're doing. Why did the book use there is for a thousand people?
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    #2

    Re: There's not a thousand people... Why there is?

    In spoken American English we usually say there's rather than "there are". It happens in the written language, too, but probably not as universally.

    Remember to surround text that you're quoting in quotation marks or write it in italics. You should have written this:

    "There's a thousand people out there crowding you or doing what you're doing." Why did the book use "there is" for a thousand people?
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: There's not a thousand people... Why there is?

    It's common in British English too. You'll also hear things like there's two of them. This would not be acceptable in formal contexts.

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    Re: There's not a thousand people... Why there is?

    In your title, you used "There's not a thousand people" but that wasn't the sentence under question in your thread. Remember to make sure that your title matches your post.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: There's not a thousand people... Why there is?

    Also, note that we don't use "There is" here, as you imply. It's "There's".
    "There is a thousand people" is wrong. You have to use the contraction or "There are".

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