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THERE IS, THERE ARE

Posted on October 12, 2011

Going to be pedantic now, which is part of the fun of writing English. Just because ‘there’ is apparently singular, it isn’t always followed by ‘is’; sometimes, it’s followed by (‘takes’ is the technical term) the word ‘are’.

Confused?

Try these out for size, then:

There’s two of them.

Is that right?

Well, no, it isn’t. It should be, There are two of them.

How do I know? Well turn it around. Which sounds better? Two of them is there? Or Two of them are there?

pedantic, I know, but it bothers the hell out of me.

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