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  1. Lenka's Avatar

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    there is/are

    There was very beautiful weather.

    Do you think the sentence is correct? Does it sound good to you? It don't think it's correct, but I'd rather like to make sure.
    Could you correct it, if it is incorrect?

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    #2

    Re: there is/are

    Quote Originally Posted by Lenka View Post
    There was very beautiful weather.

    Do you think the sentence is correct? Does it sound good to you? It don't think it's correct, but I'd rather like to make sure.
    Could you correct it, if it is incorrect?
    It was very beautiful weather.
    Last edited by Harry Smith; 05-Mar-2007 at 18:32.

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    #3

    Re: there is/are

    Quote Originally Posted by Lenka View Post
    There was very beautiful weather.
    This is possible if you continue the sentence:

    There was very beautiful weather in Italy yesterday.

    ...but it doesn't sound right to me, so "It was very beautiful weather" or "The weather was very beautiful" are better.

    Keith


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    Re: there is/are

    Quote Originally Posted by Lenka View Post
    There was very beautiful weather.

    Do you think the sentence is correct? Does it sound good to you? It don't think it's correct, but I'd rather like to make sure.
    Could you correct it, if it is incorrect?
    1. There was a very beautiful car -- perfectly acceptable to me
    2. There was very beautiful weather -- perfectly acceptable to me


    The two sentences have a structure syntactically identical
    Neither of them goes against any grammatical rule, as far as I know.

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    #5

    Re: there is/are

    Quote Originally Posted by svartnik View Post
    1. There was a very beautiful car -- perfectly acceptable to me
    2. There was very beautiful weather -- perfectly acceptable to me


    The two sentences have a structure syntactically identical
    Neither of them goes against any grammatical rule, as far as I know.
    We say: "Nice weather, isn't it?" It means: " It's nice weather today" or "The weather is nice today". Consequently we can say "It was nice weather yesterday, wasn't it? or "The weather was nice yesterday, wasn't it?
    We must remember that this site is visited by many beginners who sometimes can't understand what we talk here about.


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    Re: there is/are

    Hi,
    It's typical of my pupils to say/write There was fine weather yesterdayor It was nasty weather last week.
    It's a grammar calque from Russian. I always correct them. To me, The weather was fine yesterday/ We had fine weather... sounds the best.

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