[Grammar] stands / there stands

hopeful1

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What about these two sentences: do I need there before the verb or can I avoid it?

1] On the summit of the Mount Kildenny there stands the imposing bronze statue of ...
2] On the summit of the Mount Kildenny stands the imposing bronze statue of ...

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What about these two sentences: do I need "there" before the verb or can I [STRIKE]avoid[/STRIKE] omit it?

1] On the summit of [STRIKE]the[/STRIKE] Mount Kildenny, there [STRIKE]stands[/STRIKE] is [STRIKE]the[/STRIKE] an imposing bronze statue of ...
2] On the summit of [STRIKE]the[/STRIKE] Mount Kildenny stands the imposing bronze statue of ...

Thanks.

See above.
 

Charlie Bernstein

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Hopeful -

I like Emsr's corrections on #1, but I also think that your version would be fine, too, if you just omitted the first "the."

Emsr uses British English, and I use American English. Your version is natural American English but might not work as well for Brits.

Your two lines mean the same thing. Using the word "there" is a style choice. It gives the line an old-fashioned storytelling voice. If that's your goal, use it.
 

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Where is Mount Kildenny, and who is the bronze statue a statue of?
 
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