Is saying "where is the brakes" is correct? I was watching a video on YouTube and the guy on it said: Ow! Where is the brakes?

  • Where is the brake ? Meaning the brake pedal. Or if there is only a single brake.Where are the brakes ? if they are in the plural. – Nigel J Aug 1 '19 at 10:29
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    He said Where's the brakes?, not Where is the brakes? The former seems more acceptable to me than the latter. – Shoe Aug 1 '19 at 10:37
  • Where's can only be where is, where has and where does this implying that it is grammatically correct assuming he's referring to where is. – Intel Aug 1 '19 at 10:47
  • Possible duplicate of Is "there is no longer enough resources" correct? – Janus Bahs Jacquet Aug 1 '19 at 11:04
  • Possible duplicate of Use of "Here's" before a plural noun / noun phrase (examples: Here's the details. // Here’s all the ways you can look at this problem. // Here’s some things you should know.) Note that an accurate transcription here is probably 'Where's the brakes'. – Edwin Ashworth Aug 1 '19 at 14:48

No, it would be, Where are the brakes as brakes are plural. Just for extra clarification, the mistake in the sentence is the usage of where's as where's can refer to where is, where has and where does and we are safely assuming he means where is. It would be much better to say where're (where are) the brakes as it is suited to the plural subject.

  • Oops my mistake, thank you – Intel Aug 1 '19 at 10:27
  • . . . 'brakes' is in the plural. Meaning the word 'brakes' is in the plural. – Nigel J Aug 1 '19 at 10:30
  • Have you watched the video? That's all the proof that you need to the contrary. – RegDwigнt Aug 1 '19 at 10:35
  • There's a discussion of a similar issue (there's followed by a plural noun) on Language Log: languagelog.ldc.upenn.edu/nll/?p=4519 – Shoe Aug 1 '19 at 11:09
  • I just read through your source and gives a decent explanation as to why this is so. – Intel Aug 1 '19 at 11:24

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