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    It needs "there"

    What is in your box?
    What is there in your box?

    What is in your mind?
    What is there in your mind? One of my colleagues told me that we should use "there"
    Is it correct?
    Thank you.

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    Re: It needs "there"

    I don't see why.

    There are potentially three questions, two of which are nearly (often completely) synonymous:

    • `What is in your box?
    • `What is there in your box? [which can mean the same, but sometimes the additional 'there' implies 'I know there's something']
    • 'What is `there in your living room? [Putting the stress on there doesn't work with 'box' (unless it's a very big one )]


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