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    #1

    there was

    Which are correct:

    1) There stood a dresser in the corner of the room.


    2) There danced a tall woman in the middle of the dance hall.


    3) There was dancing a tall woman in the middle of the dance hall.


    4) There ate a couple in the middle of the restaurant.

    5) There were eating a couple in the middle of the restaurant.


    I think they get worse as we go down the list! I don't think '4' and '5' work. The others do, although they sound a bit literary.

    Gratefully,
    Navi.

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    #2

    Re: there was

    You are right about them getting worse as we go down the list. They are all unnatural, though.
    “Every miserable fool who has nothing at all of which he can be proud, adopts as a last resource pride in the nation to which he belongs; he is ready and happy to defend all its faults and follies tooth and nail, thus reimbursing himself for his own inferiority.”

    — Arthur Schopenhauer

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    #3

    Re: there was

    Quote Originally Posted by navi tasan View Post
    Which are correct:

    1) There stood a dresser in the corner of the room.
    There was a dresser in the corner of the room.
    A dresser stood in the corner of the room.

    2) There danced a tall woman in the middle of the dance hall.
    A tall woman danced/was dancing in the middle of the dance hall.

    3) There was dancing a tall woman in the middle of the dance hall.
    A tall woman danced/was dancing in the middle of the dance hall.

    4) There ate a couple in the middle of the restaurant.
    A couple ate/was eating in the restaurant.

    5) There were eating a couple in the middle of the restaurant.
    A couple ate/was eating in the restaurant.

    I think they get worse as we go down the list! I don't think '4' and '5' work. The others do, although they sound a bit literary.

    Gratefully,
    Navi.
    I have put natural versions under yours (in red).

    The originals are all unnatural. I even find "in the middle of the restaurant" fairly odd. Unless it's really relevant, we rarely refer to someone's position inside a restaurant, with the exception of "upstairs/downstairs/at a table in the window".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #4

    Re: there was

    Not a teacher

    1) There stood a dresser in the corner of the room.
    There was a dresser in the corner of the room.

    2) There danced a tall woman in the middle of the dance hall.

    A tall woman danced at the dance hall.

    3) There was dancing a tall woman in the middle of the dance hall.
    There was a tall woman dancing in the middle of the dance floor.


    4) There ate a couple in the middle of the restaurant.
    A couple sat in the middle of the restaurant. (This sounds better if you want to include the position of the couple.)

    5) There were eating a couple in the middle of the restaurant.
    There was a couple eating at the restaurant.

    These sound more natural. I hope this helps.
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 12-Dec-2015 at 09:03. Reason: Adding 'Not a teacher'.

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