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    stands / there stands

    What about these two sentences: do I need there before the verb or can I avoid it?

    1] On the summit of the Mount Kildenny there stands the imposing bronze statue of ...
    2] On the summit of the Mount Kildenny stands the imposing bronze statue of ...

    THanks

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    Re: stands / there stands

    Quote Originally Posted by hopeful1 View Post
    What about these two sentences: do I need "there" before the verb or can I avoid omit it?

    1] On the summit of the Mount Kildenny, there stands is the an imposing bronze statue of ...
    2] On the summit of the Mount Kildenny stands the imposing bronze statue of ...

    Thanks.
    See above.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: stands / there stands

    Hopeful -

    I like Emsr's corrections on #1, but I also think that your version would be fine, too, if you just omitted the first "the."

    Emsr uses British English, and I use American English. Your version is natural American English but might not work as well for Brits.

    Your two lines mean the same thing. Using the word "there" is a style choice. It gives the line an old-fashioned storytelling voice. If that's your goal, use it.
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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    Re: stands / there stands

    Where is Mount Kildenny, and who is the bronze statue a statue of?
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 24-Oct-2017 at 15:13. Reason: Fixed typo (missing word)

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