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    'there are'

    "I want to show her some of the wonderful places there are in Hong Kong. " Is "there are" necessary? Could you show me some examples of the same sentence pattern?

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    Re: 'there are'

    I think "there are" should be used to emphasize only,this sentence is also correct with "there are" . I like the way without "there are"

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    Re: 'there are'

    "there are in Hong Kong" functions as an adjectival clause. Its head, the relative pronoun that, is optional:

    EX: I want to show her some of the wonderful places (that) there are in Hong Kong.

    "there" functions as a structural subject; it is also semantically empty. The true subject (the grammatical subject) comes after the verb:

    SUBJECT: There are some wonderful places in Hong Kong.
    SUBJECT: Some wonderful places are in Hong Kong.

    As the head of an adjective clause, "there" is superfluous, needless:

    EX: I want to show her some of the wonderful places in Hong Kong.

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