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    Learn English > English lessons and exercises > English test #109249: There is / are, and other forms...
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    There is / are, and other forms...


    1) There is + singular ; there are + plural; there 's a singular short form. 

    ex : There's a man => There are two men. 



    2) There + to be  can be built in all the tenses.


     
    There will be rain again tomorrow !  Here is a prediction of the weather in the future.
    There would be problems if there was more rain ...  = a 'conditional'. What 'would happen'; if = unreal.
    There has been rain for days./ There had been ... = a duration (of the bad weather conditions).
    There was rain yesterday. = the rain belonged to the past.





                                                    




    3) The affirmative and negative forms are built very simply :




    - Affirmative Form = the subject /verb inversionWill there be rain tomorrow?  
    - Negative  Form addition of 'not'There won't be rain tomorrow. 





    4) 'There + to be'  can be associated with a modal : 




    There can be a lot of rain in this area.It indicates a possibility, a capacity.  
    There may be ....It indicates an eventuality, a possibility ....
    There may have been ....It expresses a possibility in the past...
    There should be/ should have been ...It expresses advice or reproaches /regrets...
    There must be /There must have been ...
    It expresses near certainty.../ or an obligation 







                                                         




    5) 'There used to be' expresses a difference between the present and the past : 




    ex : There used to be a ferry here, but now, they have built a bridge.




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    1. a meeting with our partners tomorrow?

    2. Of course not! one in a recent past!

    3. traffic lights here! It's terribly dangerous!

    4. little houses here, but now they have built this huge block of offices instead...

    5. Let's try to look carefully... a key hidden under that big pot of flowers.

    6. If you advertised for the event, more visitors... Let's do it!

    7. a gun in the burglar's backpack?

    8. The police didn't find a gun, but two very big knives and a hood...

    9. any claim for the gold bracelet that was found yesterday.

    10. Look here! only one solution to this problem, and I know he's found it!

    11. Oh no! a long delay for the arrival of his plane! I hate waiting!

    12. another explanation, and I insist on knowing it...









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