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    'There is' constructs

    Hello,

    What are the differences between those two sentences? (In meaning connotations, anything.)


    Around the core is a mixed zone of ...

    Around the core there is a mixed zone of ...


    Are there any contexts in which it is compulsory to use "there is/are"?
    Thanks!

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    Re: 'There is' constructs

    Quote Originally Posted by enthink View Post
    Hello,

    What are the differences between those two sentences? (In meaning connotations, anything.)


    Around the core is a mixed zone of ...

    Around the core there is a mixed zone of ...


    Are there any contexts in which it is compulsory to use "there is/are"?
    Thanks!
    They are both fine and have the same meaning in my opinion.

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    Re: 'There is' constructs

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    But you'd say There's a cat in the garden rather than In the garden is a cat.* Btw, Polish learners often forget about 'there is' because we translate literally from Polish: W ogrodzie jest kot.

    Now I wonder myself why it is okay to say Around the core is a mixed zone of ... but not so much In the garden is a cat.*

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    Re: 'There is' constructs

    Quote Originally Posted by nyota View Post
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    But you'd say There's a cat in the garden rather than In the garden is a cat.* Btw, Polish learners often forget about 'there is' because we translate literally from Polish: W ogrodzie jest kot.

    Now I wonder myself why it is okay to say Around the core is a mixed zone of ... but not so much In the garden is a cat.*
    I can think of one reason.

    For things that are permanent, it's less common to use "There is".
    "Under the earth's crust is the mantle", not "There is a mantle under the earth's crust"
    "Inside the albumenous white of the egg is the yolk." more common than "There is a yolk inside the albuinous white of an egg."

    For temporary things, "There is ..." is more common.
    "In the garden, there is a cat."

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    Re: 'There is' constructs

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    I can think of one reason.

    For things that are permanent, it's less common to use "There is".
    "Under the earth's crust is the mantle", not "There is a mantle under the earth's crust"
    "Inside the albumenous white of the egg is the yolk." more common than "There is a yolk inside the albuinous white of an egg."

    For temporary things, "There is ..." is more common.
    "In the garden, there is a cat."

    Ha! Nice one. Thanks

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    Re: 'There is' constructs

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    I can think of one reason.

    For things that are permanent, it's less common to use "There is".
    "Under the earth's crust is the mantle", not "There is a mantle under the earth's crust"
    "Inside the albumenous white of the egg is the yolk." more common than "There is a yolk inside the albuinous white of an egg."

    For temporary things, "There is ..." is more common.
    "In the garden, there is a cat."
    I guess 'in the garden was a cat' would be okay when doing some descriptive/literary writing, wouldn't it?

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    Re: 'There is' constructs

    Quote Originally Posted by Verona_82 View Post
    I guess 'in the garden was a cat' would be okay when doing some descriptive/literary writing, wouldn't it?
    Oh yes. It's a tendency, not a rule.

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