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    usage of there

    I came across the below post and did not get the point. Can you answer it for me?

    What's the difference in the use of "there"?

    It might be useful to think about what "There" means in all your examples because it has two very different general uses. When you discover those uses, then understanding how to apply "there" in different contexts will be much easier.

    Consider the following examples which clearly demonstrate the different functions of "There":

    1. There is a big dog that lives here
    2. There is the big dog that lives here

    What's the difference in the use of "there"?


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    Re: usage of there

    #1 "There" = adverb used to introduce sentences and indicating the fact of something [that a dog lives in that place]

    #2 Because the sentence refers to "the dog", it is indicating location of a specific animal.

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    Re: usage of there

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    #1 "There" = adverb used to introduce sentences and indicating the fact of something [that a dog lives in that place]

    #2 Because the sentence refers to "the dog", it is indicating location of a specific animal.
    Thank you so much but I don't think I get your answer I mean I did not see the difference between the usage of there in the two sentences. As you said
    in the sentence there is used to indicate the fact that a dog lives in this place.
    in the last one there is used to indicate that the dog that we all know live in this place. (Both of "there" are adverb?)
    I am so confusing. So please answer my following questions:

    A/ Are these usages of there in two sentences in the first post are the same or not?
    B/ If not, can you tell me how different they are.

    Thanks


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    Re: usage of there

    The first sentence is a general observation that a dog lives in that place.

    The second sentence is a specific observation that the dog you are looking/pointing at is the particular dog that lives in that place.

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