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    there is....

    Dear teachers,

    I know the generally used construction “there is”. I know also that usually there is a substantive in the present construction with undefinite article or without one at all.

    There was a pencil on the table. (Maughan)
    There was Mr.Bosinney with her. (Galsworthy)
    There is a fine view fron here. (Calsworthy)
    There were circles under her eyes as though she had not slept (Galsworhty).
    Over the edge there peeped a boyish face (Doyle).
    There was something terrifying in this inexorable silence (Galsworthy).
    There is a storm gathering out there on the sea-rim = (London).


    Would you be kind enough to tell me why there is a definite article in the following examples?

    There was harmony between father and son again and the old understanding.

    There was the long drive home; the long drive and the warm dark and the pleasant closeness of the hanson cab (Galsworthy).

    Thank you for your efforts.

    Regards,

    V.

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    Post Re: there is....

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    Dear teachers,

    I know the generally used construction “there is”. I know also that usually there is a substantive in the present construction with undefinite article or without one at all.

    There was a pencil on the table. (Maughan)
    There was Mr.Bosinney with her. (Galsworthy)
    There is a fine view fron here. (Calsworthy)
    There were circles under her eyes as though she had not slept (Galsworhty).
    Over the edge there peeped a boyish face (Doyle).
    There was something terrifying in this inexorable silence (Galsworthy).
    There is a storm gathering out there on the sea-rim = (London).


    Would you be kind enough to tell me why there is a definite article in the following examples?

    There was harmony between father and son again and the old understanding.

    There was the long drive home; the long drive and the warm dark and the pleasant closeness of the hanson cab (Galsworthy).

    Thank you for your efforts.

    Regards,

    V.
    Hi
    not a teacher opinion
    I think that it is used to express the particular action or event in the past that acts as a reminder.
    thanks for reading my response
    take care

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