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01 January 2013

Writing: The Expletive "THERE" (Correct Usage)


Majority of my students sometimes begin their sentences with “there.” Some examples are: “There is a teacher who teaches Math;” and “There were many problems that I have now.”  Sentences beginning with “There” are acceptable. Grammatically speaking, they may be correct.  However, in formal essays, it is better to avoid using "there" unless necessary or unavoidable.  Using “there” sentences is poor writing style.  Sentences with “there” can be improved if you simply focus on the real subjects.For examples:  Correct:  “There are many advantages in playing sports.”

Better: 
Sports offer many rewards.
Playing sports offer many rewards.
A person gets more rewards from playing sports.



The EXPLETIVE “THERE” 
Use “there” for the following reasons only:

a. “There” is used when we want to talk about things or items in a particular place.
b. “There” is used when we want to say that something will happen in a particular time.

A. What’s in that PLACE?
There are several students in the classroom.
There will be music in the party.
There’s some water in the glass.
There is a cat on the chair.

THERE
VERB
 ITEMS / THINGS
PLACE
REASON OR EFFECT
(why) or (what happened)
There
is
only one computer
in my school
so many students have to fall in line for a long time before they could use one.
There
is
only one computer
in my school
because it is just a small public school.

B. What is happening (will happen, happened) in that PLACE or at that TIME?
There is a tennis match this afternoon
There is a train leaving in ten minutes

THERE
VERB
EVENT
PLACE
TIME
REASON OR EFFECT
(why) or (what happened)
There
will be
a tennis match
in the school gymnasium
this afternoon
so the basketball players have to find another place to practice.
There
will be
no classes
in all schools
tomorrow
because of the approaching typhoon
There
was
a party
in the library
last night
so the place is dirty now.
There
is
a meeting
in room 2
every Friday


 à (But this is better: Meetings are held in room 2 every Friday)


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