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Friday Message: There is / There are

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Friday Message

There is, there are
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Today we are going to have a look at “there was” and “there were” to see exactly when and how to use them.

We use “there was” and “there were” when we want to say something existed or something was present in the past.

* Remember that “there was” and “there were” refer to the past and are the past tense of “there is” and “there are”.

- We use there was with singular nouns. For example:

There was a big garden in the front of the house.

There was a man at the bus stop.

- We use there were with plural nouns. For example:

There were many travel guides at the bookshop yesterday.

There were seven hundred people at the convention last week.

Look at this dialogue between Eric (E) and Pam (P) to see how to use “there was” and “there were” in conversation:

E: Were there many people at the show, Pam?

P: Yes, it was packed. You should have come! There was enough room in the car for you.

E: I know, I just didn’t feel like going out. There was a great film on TV last night anyway.

P: There were amazing decorations set up too around the stage area and there was a new guitar player who I hadn’t seen before.

E: It sounds great. Next time I might come along.

As you can see, we make questions by placing “was” or “were” at the beginning of the sentence followed by “there.”

Were there many people at the show?

Was there anything good on TV last night?

To form the negative we add “not” to “was” or “were” to form “was not” or “were not.” Alternatively, you can use the contracted forms “wasn’t” or “weren’t”. Look at some examples:

There were not / There weren’t many people at the show.

There was not / wasn’t anything good on TV last night.

I hope this has been helpful for you. For more information on this topic, please take a look at unit 64 of the online ABA course.

Have a great weekend!

Bye for now!

Graham Weeks

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