Because Americans seem to be losing their grasp of it. All the freakin’ time, I hear people starting sentences with “there’s” when they should be using “there are.”
A couple of days after I got back, I had to send my sister to the airport. Inside the aiport, there was this huge Saturn (car) advertisement which said, “There’s many Saturn locations to serve you.” I could not believe it.
It’s driving me insane. Many of the kids I tutor now also do not recognize that the words “is,” “are,” “was” and “were” are verbs. If I say something like, “Yeah, that’s the changed form of the verb ‘to be’,” they just stare at me blankly.
EDIT: GASP! THis is my 200th!!! Can I have a sticker now, Maoman?