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    Post a question about the word 'there'

    Dear friends,

    "A lot of kids have been killed by pit bulls. There had parents who actually own these pit bulls as pets."

    Would you please tell me if it's correct to say 'there had parents who actually own these pit bulls as pets'? If so, what does it exactly mean? Thank you!

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    Re: a question about the word 'there'

    No, it's not correctly written.

    They had parents who...
    Their parents...

    (By the way, I question the facts here, especially "a lot.")
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: a question about the word 'there'

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    No, it's not correctly written.

    They had parents who...
    Their parents...

    (By the way, I question the facts here, especially "a lot.")
    Thank you, Barb.
    I was wondering if this sentence (there had parents who actually own these pit bulls as pets) has something to do with the inverse of the word 'there'? Such as we might say 'there stands a girl who is my sister'?
    Thank you!

    (It may not be true. Never mind, let's focus on the structure of the second sentence.)

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    Re: a question about the word 'there'

    No, it's really incorrect.

    There's no justification for that structure.

    There have even been cases of parents who... could work.

    Either someone made a copy-and-paste error (not uncommon) or just a typo.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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