I am an ALT, english assistant language teacher. I work in Japan. One Japanese teacher asked me what is the different btw "Since there was no questions, ....." & "Since there were no more questions". Anyone can help giving me the explanation?
These are existential-there (also called dummy or empty subject constructions). The word there functions as the structural subject, but not the semantic one, which is why it is called 'existential/dummy/empty': it doesn't contribute meaning to the sentence:
1. Since there was no questions, ...
2. Since there were no more questions [asked], ...
=> No more questions were asked, ... <object>
The subject questions is plural.
I was an ALT in Japan, too--for 6 years, though.
Note, English is always capitalized.