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Are There Any Swans? There Are!

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Mac has made an adventure trail for Rory and their friends.

We use there is or there's when we talk about something or someone for the first time.

  • There’s a dog in the park.

  • There’s an apple in the bag. 

There's a map for this trail! That's so cool, Mac!

Thanks Eva! OK, everybody, pay attention!

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OK, so there is a river here. You have to cross it.

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There are gates over there. That’s the finish. OK?

There are hills. Be careful!

You can use there with plural nouns too. Just use there are .

 

  • There are people outside.

  • There are trees in the park.

  • There are gates at the entrance.

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Are there any swans?

Swans? Why?

To ask a question, swap the position of the verb.

 

  • Is there a chocolate bar in the bag?

  • Is there a new teacher?

 

For more than one thing...

  • Are there apples in the bag?

  • Are there people in the park?

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I just don’t like swans, OK?

That’s so random! Well, there aren’t any swans…as far as I know!

And for the negative, use:

  • there is not

  • there isn't

  • there's not

  • There isn’t a sound.

  • There aren’t any apples left.

  • there are not

  • there aren't

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 So, where’s Rory?

We passed him at the hills.

10 minutes later, Eva and Paul have finished…but where is Rory?

There are the gates! We finished!

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Hey, what happened, Rory?

Are you OK?

Oh-Oh. There’s Rory, at last. There’s blood on his knee.

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I was cycling over a hill and there was a big rock!

You can use there with the past tense too…

 

  • There was a knock on the door. 

  • There was a dog on the path.

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And then there were two angry swans! 

And for the plural in the past tense...

 

  • There were a lot of ducks. 

  • There were people in the cinema.

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There’s a new ice cream shop in the village. Let’s go! 

Now that’s a great idea!

So, what will we do now?

  • trail: a path through the countryside

  • random: happening by chance

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