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    Question I donīt know how does the verb be work in the follow sentece

    Hello:

    In the follow sentece: "Thereīs been a disturbing increase in crime in the city."

    I donīt know how does the verb be work. What tense is this??. Past Perfect??, Past Simple???. Is "There is been"??, "There has been".

    Please, if any of us know the answer, help me.
    Thank you very much.
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    Re: I donīt know how does the verb be work in the follow sentece

    There's been = there has been (not there is been). It's the present perfect.(the past perfect in this case would be there had been).

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    Re: I donīt know how does the verb be work in the follow sentece

    Thanks naomimalan for your response.
    But, now my main problem is or my main question is; Why are they using "there"??. I donīt understand the function. I understand the use of "there is, there are, there was, there were" in order of meaning the amount of things, people, etc. But in this case .......
    I didnīt know that I could use "there has been".
    I donīt want to bother you, but if you could explain this to me, I would be very grateful to you.
    Bye.


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    Re: I donīt know how does the verb be work in the follow sentece

    Quote Originally Posted by okap View Post
    Thanks naomimalan for your response.
    But, now my main problem is or my main question is; Why are they using "there"??. I donīt understand the function. I understand the use of "there is, there are, there was, there were" in order of meaning the amount of things, people, etc. But in this case .......
    I didnīt know that I could use "there has been".
    I donīt want to bother you, but if you could explain this to me, I would be very grateful to you.
    Bye.
    there has been = there has existed


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    Re: I donīt know how does the verb be work in the follow sentece

    Quote Originally Posted by okap View Post
    Thanks naomimalan for your response.
    But, now my main problem is or my main question is; Why are they using "there"??. I donīt understand the function. I understand the use of "there is, there are, there was, there were" in order of meaning the amount of things, people, etc. But in this case .......
    I didnīt know that I could use "there has been".
    I donīt want to bother you, but if you could explain this to me, I would be very grateful to you.
    Bye.
    You're not bothering me at all, okap. That's what we're here for!

    You say you understand the use of there is/there are/there was/there were. So you won't have any problems understanding the use of there has been. They are all different forms and tenses of the verb be:

    there is/there are/>>present simple
    there was/there were.>>past simple
    there has been>>present perfect
    there had been>>past perfect (also called pluperfect)
    there will be>> (to talk about the future)
    there used to be>>(to talk about something in the past that no longer exists).

    This type of structure beginning with there and followed by be (or an auxiliary + be: eg there has been...there must be...) has a special name. It's called an existential. When be is used to mean exist/happen or take place, this type of construction is necessary.

    Feel free to ask more questions if you need to!

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