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    Exclamation A great deal more going on.

    Hello Teachers,
    I want to know the grammatical rule of more in the following context and the meaning of going on. Also, why is the verb used in progressive tense?
    "When you look at a tree, you may notice only the branches and leaves. A closer look shows that there is actually a great deal more going on. Trees provide home to ... "
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 03-Sep-2016 at 07:42. Reason: Correcting thrad title.

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    Re: A great deal more going on.

    'There is actually a great deal more going on' = 'A great deal more is actually going on there', where 'more' is a pronoun and 'going on' means 'happening'. The progressive tense refers to the moment you look at it.
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    Re: A great deal more going on.

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    'There is actually a great deal more going on' = 'A great deal more is actually going on there', where 'more' is a pronoun and 'going on' means 'happening'. The progressive tense refers to the moment you look at it.
    Thanks for your reply.Can we use revise the context as below?!
    "There is actually a great deal more (thing) which is going on".

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    Re: A great deal more going on.

    You can say, "There are actually a great deal more things going on." But doing this adds nothing to the meaning.
    "more thing" doesn't make sense.

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    Re: A great deal more going on.

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    You can say, "There are actually a great deal more things going on." But doing this adds nothing to the meaning.
    "more thing" doesn't make sense.
    I asked as "a great deal" cann't be used with single countable noun.
    Therefore, it dosen't make sense to me why the wrire used ' there is + a great deal more ' .

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    Re: A great deal more going on.

    I consider 'more' uncountable when it is used as a pronoun, as in 'there is much more'.
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    Re: A great deal more going on.

    Would you accept, "There is a lot more happening"? "A great deal" = "A lot".

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    Re: A great deal more going on.

    Yes, I would.
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    Re: A great deal more going on.

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    Yes, I would.
    Not you - nininaz. We posted at the same time.

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    Re: A great deal more going on.

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    Not you - nininaz. We posted at the same time.
    Yes I would.You meant 'going on' is consider noun like 'happening'.
    Last edited by nininaz; 04-Sep-2016 at 08:44.

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