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    seeking explanations

    I would like to have a complete explanation on the following sentences.
    1) "There are friends everywhere."
    2) "There is friends everywhere."
    My question is, which of the above sentences is correct and why? To my limited understanding, i thought the first sentence is grammatically correct but i have come across the second sentence often used and i don't know the reason behind it. Please help.


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    Re: seeking explanations

    Can you tell us where you have found the second sentence? If it is on the internet, then misuse of English is a possibility.

    My suggestion is that the first sentence is fine: "There are friends everywhere" = you will find friends everywhere

    and that the second, correctly punctuated, is:
    "There is 'Friends' everywhere" = the tv series is found everywhere.

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    Re: seeking explanations

    Thanks for your effort. The sentence, "There's friends everywhere" is very common in American English but i can't figure out why it's being used that way. To cite an example, there is this hollywood movie "the perfect man" starring Hillary Doff and she used this sentence in the first few episodes of the movie. I've also come across something like this: "there's + (countable noun).


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    Re: seeking explanations

    It is indeed very commonly used. When I first moved to Canada my English was pretty proper and I wouldn't be caught dead using "is" in a sentence referring to plural numbers. But after a few years... My honest opinion is that it's due to laziness. "There's" is easier to say than "there are". It's not correct, but many native English speakers use it nonetheless.

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