I've tried searching for there're online, but I haven't been able to find any good information. Most sites assume I'm looking for they're. Wiktionary claims there're was coined by Bob Dylan, but I find this highly unlikely.

I tried Google's n-gram page for there're, but when I checked some of the early results in Google books, they didn't mean there are, many instances being mismatched by the software.

What's the earliest attested use of there're where it's intended to mean there are?

  • I think the Wiktionary entry is just claiming that that particular quotation is attributed to Bob Dylan.
    – herisson
    Apr 5, 2018 at 0:29

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The earliest example I found is from 1632:

There're more hammers beating in my braine
Then euer toucht Vulcans Anuile, more Ideaes
Then Attomes, Embrions innumerable,
Growing to perfect shape; and now 'tis good.
The iron age contayning the rape of Hellen: the siege of Troy: the combate between Hector and Aiax: Hector and Troilus slayne by Achilles: Achilles slaine by Paris: Aiax and Vlisses contend for the armour of Achilles: the death of Aiax, &c.

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