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Koh Elaine
Posted: Monday, February 24, 2020 9:14:21 PM
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Quaden did the right thing by speaking his emotions to his mother & she did the right thing by speaking out to the world. There's many people suffering emotional distress from bullying & it needs to be addressed.

Would it be wrong to write / say ...There're many people suffering...

Thanks.
palapaguy
Posted: Monday, February 24, 2020 9:35:50 PM

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Koh Elaine wrote:
Quaden did the right thing by speaking his emotions to his mother & she did the right thing by speaking out to the world. There's many people suffering emotional distress from bullying & it needs to be addressed.

Would it be wrong to write / say ...There're many people suffering...

Thanks.


"There are" or "There're" should be used. The ampersand symbols should be replaced with "and" as well. And "There's" should be replaced in this context.
Koh Elaine
Posted: Monday, February 24, 2020 10:43:43 PM
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Thanks, palapaguy!
Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Monday, February 24, 2020 11:41:21 PM

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I agree in this case.

I would write "There are", as "there're" is not a normal contraction (it's too difficult to say!).

There is a difference between written English and conversational spoken English - even when they are both "informal".

In writing, I would say exactly what palapaguy says.

However, in conversation, you will hear "There's many people". This is normal - because "there're" doesn't "flow". It feels unnatural.
This is not a "new, modern" idea - it has been so for centuries.
This is an old traditional saying: "There's many a slip twixt cup and lip". (There are many things which can go wrong between preparing a plan and actually doing it.)

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