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    tinka2004 Guest

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    what function has "there" in the following sentence:
    There has been an accident

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    Natalie27 Guest

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    Quote Originally Posted by tinka2004
    what function has "there" in the following sentence:
    There has been an accident
    There is ( are/was/were) by itself doesn't really mean much. It's a common expletive (not to be confused with the four letter word )
    It's not very necessary but it has a rhythmic, stylistic or syntatical function.
    There in your sentence does not really refer to a place. The real subject in your sentence is the accident. Expletives are a big part of the English language, even though some poeple argue that they are weak and clumsy and should be avoided.

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