Hello,

Here is a part of an article in TIME magazine.

The article was written by the famous parents who raised super kids.

My question: Is it acceptable in speaking to use singular “there is” for plural nouns such as “there’s only three people”?

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“We’d eat at Sizzler and my mom would be like ‘there’s only three people here, there’s not five,’” recalls Anne, noting that the other two sisters would be hiding in the bathroom, ready to take their turn at the all-you-can-eat buffet. “We had no shame in being kicked out of a restaurant.”

http://time.com/5578064/esther...ise-successful-kids/

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apple posted:
My question: Is it acceptable in speaking to use singular “there is” for plural nouns such as “there’s only three people”?

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“We’d eat at Sizzler and my mom would be like ‘there’s only three people here, there’s not five,’” recalls Anne . . . .

Hi, Apple,

Native speakers rarely use "there is" with plural nouns, but it is very common in informal conversation for native speakers to use "there's" with plural nouns.

Even though "there's" is short for "there is," the reduction is important here. It doesn't sound nearly as bad to have lack of plural concord with "there's."

Please note that Time has not itself committed the "error." The "error" occurs in quoted speech. Time would also not use "be like" instead of "say." 

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