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    #1

    There has never

    Please would you correct the mistakes in my sentences.

    1. There has never been so many people on earth as today, and there has never been such a gap between the rich and the poor.
    2. There had probably never lived such a versatile artist as Leonardo da Vinci.

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    Re: There has never

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    Hello, Bassim:

    I am 99% confident that there is one mistake in #1.

    When a sentence starts with "there," we usually ignore that word in analysis and rearrange the words in "regular order" (subject + verb). Remember: we do not speak like this. It is only for analysis.

    Thus, we get:

    "So many people on earth as today ____ never been ( = never existed)." I am sure that you can now fill in the correct word.

    (Hint: the word "people")


    James
    Last edited by TheParser; 29-Oct-2014 at 21:16. Reason: punctuation

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    Re: There has never

    James,
    Thank you for your explanation, but I do not understand it. I wanted to use the phrase "there has" to emphasise the rest of the sentence. If I start with "So many people", then this would be another kind of a sentence.

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    Re: There has never

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    Hello, Bassim:

    I did a very bad job in explaining something.

    I was trying (very badly!) to explain to you why your sentence should start off with "There have."

    You need "have" to match "people."

    "There have been 20 people."
    "There have been many wars."

    "There has been a big explosion."
    "There has been a big gap."



    James

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