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  1. Ayuda-Tulong's Avatar

    • Join Date: Jan 2007
    • Posts: 93
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    There's

    Am I the only one who's practically incensed over the widespread misuse of the contraction there+is vs there+are?

    For example, I first offer what I consider to be four grammatically correct sentences, with and without contractions:

    1] There are lots of people who support your opinion.
    2] There is a lot of support for your opinion.
    3] There're lots of people who support your opinion.
    4] There's lots of support for your opinion.

    Next, I offer two examples of modern usage:

    5] There's lots of people who support your opinion.
    6] There's lots of support for your opinion.

    I contend that sentence #5 is grammatically incorrect due to a plural noun following the contraction, therefore, the word 'is' should be replaced with the word 'are.' It cannot be correct that "There is lots of people . . . "

    For some reason, even highly-educated professionals, including public speakers, news anchors, politicians, educators, etc, etc use the contraction "there=is" followed by a plural word.

  2. #2

    Re: There's

    Yup, it's true
    My theory is that we are forward processors and have difficulty sorting out the verb agreement before its true subject
    Ah, being a prescriptivist is such a cross to bear

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