I am writing a humor essay that begins:

"Put that over there," she says.

Would "a room full of thats and theres" work in this context?

Since I am standing in a room full of both thats and theres, I am unsure what she means.

In this humorous context, what is the plural of that and there?

  • Do you mean for the second section? "Room full of thats and theres"? It might help to make the part you're specifically discussing bold. – Catija May 24 '17 at 15:45
  • Sorry, I should have been more clear. Would "a room full of thats and theres" work in this context? – GregS May 24 '17 at 15:50
  • Ah, so the second sentence is what you're hoping to write? I think striped yak has done a good job of addressing that. :) – Catija May 24 '17 at 15:53

"Thats and theres" would work. That's not the way those words are customarily used but in a humorous context it works.

I could also see:

"that"s and "there"s

but that's very awkward; I like your choice better.

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    I think in the context of humor, both options are good. The quotes may even enhance it a bit. – Catija May 24 '17 at 15:56
  • Agreed @catija! It would be a different tone but would work equally well in humor I think. – striped yak May 24 '17 at 16:20

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