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    #1

    have vs there are

    Sometimes "has/have" and "there is/there are" are interchangeable, for example,
    A. Our old apartment has a huge kitchen.
    = B. There is a huge kitchen in our old apartment.

    And sometimes they are NOT interchangeable, for example,
    A. There are two apples on the table.
    B. The table has two apples on it. (unacceptable)

    My queation is: Is it correct to say "The cinema doesn't have many people on Sunday mornings"?

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    Re: have vs there are

    Quote Originally Posted by maoyueh View Post
    A. There are two apples on the table.
    B. The table has two apples on it. (unacceptable)
    That is not necessarily unacceptable. It may not be very common, but it's possible (though perhaps strange with two apples):

    A: We'll need the table in your study for the party tonight.
    B: Oh no! It has (It's got) all my research papers on it.


    My question is: Is it correct to say "The cinema doesn't have many people on Sunday mornings"?
    It's possible, though we;d probably use 'customers' rather than 'people'.
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