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    There is or It's

    Dear teachers,

    My neighbour's daughter is learning English. She showed me a test paper and asked to explain the mistakes she'd made. One dialogue confused me a lot. I am going to ask you the question which you might think silly but I really don't know why the key is this:

    Please read the following dialogue:

    A: Excuse me. what's on the desk?
    B: Let's go and have a look. __________ a watch.

    The girl put in "It's" but the teacher said it was wrong. "There's" is the correct answer. I don't think so. I think "It's' is the correct one. If the question is " Is there a watch on the desk?" Then the answer should be " Yes, there is." Is that right?

    Looking forward to hearing from you.

    Thank you in advance.

    Jiang

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    Re: There is or It's

    As a test question, it's not very good because if the teacher wanted to test the difference, it isn't made very clear. I do incline towards using there's, but it's could be given as an answer- 'what's that on the table?' sounds like a more natural question and the answer would be it's. It's not a very good question for testing purposes.

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    Re: There is or It's


    Dear tdol,

    Thank you very much for your reply. Now I see.

    Jiang
    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    As a test question, it's not very good because if the teacher wanted to test the difference, it isn't made very clear. I do incline towards using there's, but it's could be given as an answer- 'what's that on the table?' sounds like a more natural question and the answer would be it's. It's not a very good question for testing purposes.

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