Singular v/ Plural

Several grammatically written and spoken word combinations creep into our everyday writing and speaking. It’s not a winning combination.

One major example that I hear and see – I actually heard myself say it yesterday: There is and then have a plural noun afterward. “Is” is a singular verb and needs to be used with a singular noun/object in your sentence. “There is more room in the back of the theatre.” “There is more food coming at the break.” “There is a mountain of work yet to be completed.” Plural examples: “There are several examples in the back of the workbook.” “There are more seats on the side.” “There are clouds rolling in from the west.”

And yet, I read – in newspapers, e-zines, e-mails and other documents, “There’s several examples….” “There’s more seats on the side.” “There’s clouds rolling in….”
When you break down the verb and noun you notice that the singular makes no sense with the plural: “… is several….”“…is more seats….” “…is clouds….”

Take notice of this specific use of the verb “to be” and its correct usage.

Just because you hear it or read it wrong from others, doesn’t mean it’s correct. Set the bar higher for yourself: use a singular verb with singular nouns; use a plural verb with plural nouns.

There’re good reasons for correct grammar!


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