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i have come across the following sentence when i read Margaret Thatcher's speech: ‘Let me give you my vision’:

"But their are others with special gifts who should also have their chance, because if the adventurers who strike out in new directions in science, technology, medicine, commerce and industry the arts are hobbled, there can be no advance. "

is it a correct sentence? what is "their are..."? or should it be "there are"?
what is the meaning of "the arts" in the sentence?
can someone explain it to me please?
many thanks!
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Hello Pchuang, welcome to English Forums!

Yes, it should be:

"But there are others with special gifts who should also have their chance, because if the adventurers who strike out in new directions in science, technology, medicine, commerce and industry, and the arts are hobbled, there can be no advance."

"The arts" here means literature, sculpture, music, painting, etc.

MrP
Many thanks. I suspected it should be so but the name Margaret scared me. How come a British PM's speech containing a such basic error?
Someone didn't do their job properly or they are not Conservative enough, perhaps?
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I'm usually unwilling to give any of our lamentable PMs the benefit of the doubt; but I suppose the speech may have been mistranscribed. Where did you take it from?

MrP
http://www.margaretthatcher.org/Speeches/displaydocument.asp?docid=102777&doctype=1
you can find the passage under the section named "EQUALITY".
Thanks, Pchuang!

I notice another error:

"Oh, and the best half of Concorde."

MrP
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