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    Thousands of years ago, there was land where there is water today.

    In 2000, Dr Ballard went to the Black Sea. But he didn’t want to find a ship. ‘We explored an area in the Black Sea,’ he says. ‘Thousands of years ago, there was land where there is water today. We found what we think is a site of human habitation down there. It may be 7,000 or 8, 000 years old, and it was 100 meters under the sea.’(P6, English in Mind 2, Cambridge University Press)

    Thousands of years ago, there was land where there is water today.
    I think ‘where there is water today’ is an attributive clause, which modifies ‘land’. The original sentence can be changed into two separate ones: Thousands of years ago, there was land (there). On that land, there is water now. Am I right?
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    Last edited by diamondcutter; 12-Jan-2015 at 11:55. Reason: add 'what' before 'we think is a site of...'

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    Re: Thousands of years ago, there was land where there is water today.

    There will probably be controversy about my answer, buy I don't see the clause as adjectival. I see it as adverbial. I know it is unusual for a form of the verb "to be" to take an adverb because it is usually a linking verb. But it is not a linking verb in this use. It acts as a substitute for "exists". If that is true then the verb can take an adverbial that describes where the land was.

    To rephrase it: Thousands of years ago, land existed where there is water today."

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    Re: Thousands of years ago, there was land where there is water today.

    THANKS A LOT.
    I pressed the ‘Thank’ button, but it didn’t work. So I have to express my gratitude this way.

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