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small questions

Posted: Thu May 16, 2019 2:24 pm
by SitangCampus
In my recent reading of books written by educated native speakers of English (not those who live in other countries than the UK and the US), I find sentences like "There's a lot of people ...." many times and I think they might be wrong, "is" should have been "are".

Another question is that here is a sentence: We would like you to give a speech at our meeting, starting at 9:00 am on October 8th. I want to know which starts at 9 am, the meeting or the speech? How can I ascertain the right choice?

Please give me your valuable advices, thank you very much.

Re: small questions

Posted: Fri May 17, 2019 2:04 am
by Joe
SitangCampus wrote:
Thu May 16, 2019 2:24 pm
In my recent reading of books written by educated native speakers of English (not those who live in other countries than the UK and the US), I find sentences like "There's a lot of people ...." many times and I think they might be wrong, "is" should have been "are".
In informal writing:
There's a lot of people...
There are lots of people...

Re: small questions

Posted: Fri May 17, 2019 2:06 am
by Joe
SitangCampus wrote:
Thu May 16, 2019 2:24 pm
Another question is that here is a sentence: We would like you to give a speech at our meeting, starting at 9:00 am on October 8th. I want to know which starts at 9 am, the meeting or the speech? How can I ascertain the right choice?
Impossible to say though one might guess that the meeting starts at 9.

Re: small questions

Posted: Fri May 17, 2019 10:23 am
by sassybear
i personally think "there's a lot of people" should be right??? and the meeting probably starts at 9. not sure about it. if you are not sure, just arrive there one hour earlier lol. then i can assure you that won't be anything going wrong.

Re: small questions

Posted: Fri May 17, 2019 2:55 pm
by SitangCampus
Some meetings have time limits for each speaker, if anyone has his speech exceed the time, he may be asked to stop. I remembered being halted a few times at the meetings, that was very embarrassing.

Re: small questions

Posted: Fri May 17, 2019 3:11 pm
by Joe
one hour early lol! They should phrase it more clearly!^^