I've seen it written this way a couple of times, e.g. in oxford entry for dame: 'There's must be a wealthy society dame (preferably played by Margaret Dumont) who is entirely smitten with Groucho, though he walks all over her'.

What does the phrase mean / how is it different from just 'there must be'?

And BTW what does 'there's' mean in such a phrase? Is it 'there is' or 'there has' or?..


Appearances of "there's must be" are either mistakes or old English. The proper phrase would be, "there must be."

You are right that "there's" means "there is."

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    "There's must be" is a definite mistake in my opinion. I cannot imagine Old English was ever strange enough to consider that acceptable. Also, "there's" can also be a contracted form of "there has". Whenever it is, it is always clear from the remainder of the verb phrase that a perfect rather than a simple tense is being used. BUT NOTE - I'm not 100% certain about that. I will be checking here later to see if one of the experts clarifies/corrects my statement. Dec 9 '18 at 8:11
  • "There is must be" is not correct English. The obvious typing error ("there's") appears to have been copied onto on a number of websites containing guidance for English learners. Dec 9 '18 at 9:47

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