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    #1

    there/here is

    Hi,
    please can you advise me?
    Thank you.

    There is a book here.
    Is there a book here?

    Is also correct the following?
    Here is a book.
    Is here a book?


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    Re: there/here is

    Quote Originally Posted by Tapies View Post
    Hi,
    please can you advise me?
    Thank you.

    There is a book here.
    Is there a book here?


    Is also correct the following?

    Here is a book.
    Is here a book?
    Correct, but the first pair is much more common.

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    #3

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    Here is a book.
    Is here a book? This is incorrect.


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    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    Here is a book.
    Is here a book? This is incorrect.
    Is a book here?
    IS here a book?

    I do not know about any grammatical rule that renders either of the two sentences above incorrect.

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    #5

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    Is something here? Correct.
    Is here something? Incorrect.

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    #6

    Smile Re: there/here is

    To make the other correct, we can also say:
    Is there something here?

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    Quote Originally Posted by engee30 View Post
    To make the other correct, we can also say:
    Is there something here?
    There is a book here.
    Is there a book here?
    (quote)

    That construction was in the original question.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    There is a book here.
    Is there a book here?
    (quote)

    That construction was in the original question.
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    #9

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    There's an interplay of two situations in all these phrases.

    SCENARIO 1. "There is a book here" says that some book is present but does not point it out. You can also ask whether any book is present in your immediate environment:

    There is a book here. Is there a book here?

    SCENARIO 2. "Here is a book" is a perfectly good phrase that points out one book (out of potentially many) right in front of the people in this conversation, in order to discuss it specifically, as a representative example of all books.

    Here is a book. We see it has a cover, a title page, and many small intricately shaped splotches of black ink arranged in straight rows on each page.

    You can then ask whether this specific book is present.

    Here is a book. ... Is this book here?

    Note the this. It can of course be replaced by a definite article:

    Here is a book. ... Is the book here?

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    MIXED SCENARIOS? With the indefinite article, "Is here a book" would seem to mean the same thing as "is there a book here", but the construction is not used: perhaps (I'm not sure) just because its positive and interrogative statements properly belong to the two different scenarios. Or, more likely, for far more deeper reasons of idiom, whatever those are. :)
    Last edited by abaka; 15-Jan-2009 at 19:49.

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