The Contraction “There’s” Can Only Be Used with Singular Nouns

The contraction there’s is often used incorrectly, even by native speakers. It’s important to make sure the verb (to be) agrees with its object.

This example sentence is correct:

There is a park around the corner and there are some good stores up the block.

However, it’s very common to incorrectly use the contraction there’s when referring to a plural noun:

There’s a park around the corner and there’s some good stores up the block.

The nouns stores is plural and thus the verb is does not agree. The sentence should use are instead.

There’s a park around the corner and there are some good stores up the block.

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