"There's" with plural referent

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"There's" with plural referent

Postby September » 2016-12-27, 11:35

The other day, I had a conversation that went like this:

"Could you sweep?"
-"Someone else is already sweeping."
"There's two brooms."

It "should" be "There are two brooms", but I would never have said that. Perhaps because "there's" is shorter without being as clunky as "there're"? Has anyone else observed this? Do you ever use "there's" when what you're referring to is plural?

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Re: "There's" with plural referent

Postby TeneReef » 2016-12-27, 15:55

It's more common than not. :whistle:
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Re: "There's" with plural referent

Postby linguoboy » 2016-12-28, 18:54

Yeah, it's becoming an unanalysable presentational expression, just like French voilà (historically an informal singular imperative--"see [thou] there!"--but now used regardless of audience).
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Re: "There's" with plural referent

Postby TeneReef » 2016-12-29, 16:45

Or (a group of ) men in Portuguese saying obrigado (sg) rather than obrigados (pl). :yep:
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Re: "There's" with plural referent

Postby September » 2017-01-02, 5:03

Great examples! Thanks, guys!

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Re: "There's" with plural referent

Postby Osias » 2017-01-02, 23:21

TeneReef wrote:Or (a group of ) men in Portuguese saying obrigado (sg) rather than obrigados (pl). :yep:

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