When in recital we want to talk about events in past can we use "there were"? For example, I am used to say "It was a nice evening", but it sounds a bit weird saying "There were last days of the year". But is it grammatical? Or may be there is another more natural-sounding way to describe events in a story?

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  • There were many important events in the last days of the year. – Khan Dec 26 '16 at 10:02
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    Or "It was the last days of the year, and we were marking time between the gluttony of Christmas and the drunkenness of New Year's Eve." There were asserts the existence of something and doesn't work as a locative. – StoneyB Dec 26 '16 at 11:47
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    I think we need a little more context about exactly what you're trying to say. Yes, you can say "There were" about things in the past, like "There were five holidays last year", but "There were last days of the year" is not grammatical and doesn't make sense. I think you might be getting confused about the use of the dummy it You use "There were" when you are talking about the existence of literal multiple things in the past, but when you need a dummy subject, you use it like "It was the last days of the year when (something happened)." – stangdon Dec 26 '16 at 16:59
  • Voting to close this as it's been a week and OP has yet to add the additional context requested. While it is possible to answer the question, the answer might not be very informative. – Andrew Jan 5 '17 at 23:52