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    Hello,

    Could you tell me why the following sentences are ungrammatical and make them correct?

    1. There is certain to be a doctor in the office.

    2. There is willing to be a doctor in the office.

    3. There is reluctant to be an admiral on the committee.

    I'm much appreciative of your help in advance!
    Spoon

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    Hello, I am going to try to help you.

    1. There is certain to be a doctor in the office.
    It is certain that there is a doctor in the office.

    2. There is willing to be a doctor in the office.
    What are you trying to say here?

    3. There is reluctant to be an admiral on the committee.
    There is a reluctant admiral on the commitee.

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    Quote Originally Posted by spoon
    Hello,
    Could you tell me why the following sentences are ungrammatical and make them correct?
    1. There is certain to be a doctor in the office.
    2. There is willing to be a doctor in the office.
    3. There is reluctant to be an admiral on the committee.
    I'm much appreciative of your help in advance!
    Spoon
    1. It is certain that there should be / is a doctor in the office.
    There is certainly [ for sure] a doctor in the office.. or .. Certainly! There is a doctor in this office.

    2. He is willing [ wants to] to be a doctor in this office.
    His willingness to be a doctor in this office is great.

    3. He seems reluctant to be an admiral in the committee.[ he opposes to the idea of being.. ex : He seemed reluctant to go = He didn`t want to go.]


    Regards,

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    Default Re: Ungrammatical sentences?

    1. There is certain to be a doctor in the office.
    this seems ok to me. I'd be interested to know whether it seems ungrammatical to any other posters. It means "It is certain that there is a doctor in the office".

    2. There is willing to be a doctor in the office.
    "is willing" can't follow "existential there". You might say "He is willing to be a doctor in the office"; but though grammatical, that doesn't make much sense. So perhaps "There is likely to be a doctor in the office" (which = "it is likely that there is a doctor in the office").

    3. There is reluctant to be an admiral on the committee.
    Perhaps "He is reluctant to be the only admiral on the committee".

    It is a very strange exercise. Where does it come from, Spoon?

    All the best,

    MrP

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    Default Re: Ungrammatical sentences?

    It is a very strange exercise. Where does it come from, Spoon?


    It comes from some samples of National Exam for English Teacher in 1992.

    It's out of the date and lacks validity, so formats of late exams are quite

    different from its. But for foreign language learners, 'there-insertion' is quite handful.

    Thank you for your nice comment!
    Hope you have a beautiful day!

    Spoon

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