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    Do sentences a-c work in their given contexts?
    Each sentence should be considered separately in its context. The sentences are similar but not the same.


    -Who was at the gym yesterday evening?
    a. There was John, Pete, Dave and Harry.

    -Who was at the gym yesterday evening?
    b. There was John, Pete, Dave and Harry. But I didn't see Phil.

    -Who was at the gym yesterday evening?
    c. There was my brother and my cousin.

    I don't think 'there is' and 'there was' could be followed in this manner.

    Many thanks.

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    You're right. They're all unnatural. The answer to "Who was at ...?" is usually just a list of names, or a list of names followed by "... were there".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: there was...

    But I didn't see Phil.
    This sentence works and sounds natural to me.

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