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    Re: Advervial Adjuncts/introductory "There"- There is a man here

    Quote Originally Posted by PaulMatthews View Post
    Incidentally, two simple tests show that "there" is the subject: [. . .] "Is there a man here?" [. . .] "There is a man here, isn't there?"
    The peculiar thing about expletive "there" as subject is that it doesn't control subject-verb agreement.

    Are there men here?
    There are men here, aren't there?

    The underlying (non-superficial) subject does.

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    Re: Advervial Adjuncts/introductory "There"- There is a man here

    Are there men here?

    There are men here, aren't there?


    Yes, "there" inherits its number agreement from the noun phrase it displaces as subject (see #7).

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