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    There's the woman....

    There's the woman who tried to steal your cat.

    The above sentence is quoted from Practical English Usage. There is no context. Does itmean the woman who tried to steal your cat is over there?
    I need native speakers' help.

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    #2

    Re: There's the woman....

    Yes.

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    #3

    Re: There's the woman....

    not a teacher

    As Skrej suggests, your interpretation is the most obvious when there is no context. However, there's another possibility.

    A conversation:
    a) I like all of my neighbours.
    b) That surprises me, because some of them have given you trouble.
    a) Which ones?
    b) There's the woman who tried to steal your cat.

    In this case, "there is" indicates the fact or existence of something, without that something actually being "over there", so to speak.
    Definition #3: http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/us..._english/there
    There are similar examples here: http://fraze.it/n_search.jsp?q=there+is&l=0

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    #4

    Re: There's the woman....

    Quote Originally Posted by sitifan View Post
    There is no context.
    For the second time, there has to be a context. Practical English Usage does not print random sentences for no reason.

    What aspect of English usage was being illustrated by said sentence?

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    #5

    Re: There's the woman....

    identifying relative clause
    I need native speakers' help.

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    #6

    Re: There's the woman....

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    What aspect of English usage was being illustrated by said sentence?
    Should there be an article before 'said' as 'sentence' is a singular countable noun?
    I am not a teacher.

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    #7

    Re: There's the woman....

    It's optional. I'll find you a dictionary link when I've more time.

    EDIT:

    • by order of the judge of said court
    • <with said guidebook in hand, we set off to explore the city>
    • (Merriam-Webster)
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 31-Jul-2015 at 22:47. Reason: Adding examples from dictionary.

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