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    were there/there were

    Hi

    Is it possible to say: Five people there were. OR do we always have to say: Five people were there. (it sounds to me like an inversion when there is no question "were there").

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    Re: were there/there were

    Quote Originally Posted by GUEST2008 View Post
    Hi

    Is it possible to say: Five people there were. OR do we always have to say: Five people were there. (it sounds to me like an inversion when there is no question "were there").

    It's not possible to say, "Five people there were" unless you want to sound like Yoda from "Star Wars"!

    We always say, " Five people were there" or "There were five people there."



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    Exclamation Re: were there/there were

    Quote Originally Posted by GUEST2008 View Post
    Hi

    Is it possible to say: Five people there were. OR do we always have to say: Five people were there. (it sounds to me like an inversion when there is no question "were there").
    You can not place the subject before the verb with 'there' before the verb. :
    Were there five people? This is correct, because 'there' is placed after the verb.

    there’ can be an adverb or a pronoun. As pronoun it is used to introduce a sentence or clause in which the verb comes before its subject):
    There is a message for you.
    There were five people in the waiting room
    When used as adverb it is usually comes after the verb.
    The message is there on the table.
    Five people were there in the waiting room.
    Last edited by sarat_106; 20-Feb-2010 at 07:36.

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