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How would you say in English this “Gold to be had for the picking!” without idiom “be had”?

In the book Journey by James A. Michener, I read this: "Across the United States and Canada, men who had suffered sore deprivation during the great financial panic of 1893 cried: 'Gold to be had ...
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“There he and his friends come.” or “There come he and his friends.”

Let me start with basic pattern that is followed; When the subject/topic is a pronoun only: There he comes. When the subject/topic is not a pronoun: There come his friends. How about the ...
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Is “There will be no” valid in meaning of “There will not be”?

Yesterday I got a message that "There will be no introduction lecture" Now, I'm not sure if it's a mistake or it's another grammatical way to say "There will not be a lecture". If they are ...
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To solve a complex problem, there is always a simple way which everyone can understand

The sentence is: To solve a complex problem, there is always a simple way which everyone can understand. Do you think that this sentence is grammatically OK? Why I am asking it is because I would ...
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“Where there was food?” Vs. “Where was there food?”

What is the correct interrogative structure of existential clause in present and past tense? Choice 1 (A): "was there food?" Choice 2 (A): "there was food?" Another example just with ...
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What are the combinations of “there-is” or “there-are” called in English grammar terms?

What are the combinations of "there-is" or "there-are" called in English grammar terms? For example: There is an apple on the table. I am looking for a specific term for these expressions (as ...
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“there is some milk” or “there are some milk”? [duplicate]

There is some milk Or There are some milk Which sentence is more correct according to the grammar rules?
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Grammatical explanation of a sentence that begins with “there” [duplicate]

There was a loss of 36 billon. I don't know how to explain the grammatical concept of this sentence. Can you kindly explain me? Please tell me the sentence pattern of this also.
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In the expression “There's got to be some” what does the 's stand for?

I wrote: "Not at all." I kissed her slim curled lips. "There are very few things I want to do that doesn't include you." "There got to be some." A native speaker told me that I needed to ...
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There is + the (with nouns like “the floor”)

Be careful! There is the brick wall behind you. The wall featured in this situation is the only thing like the ceiling or the floor. There are no other walls, just this one. But the wall wasn't ...
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“There are two apartments fitting you perfectly.”

"There are two apartments fitting you perfectly." Is this a correct sentence? or even a good sentence construction? Using the word "fitting" as a present participle in this sentence seems ...
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The correct usage of has

The box has many things. Is this a correct sentence? Or would it be better to write it as There are many things in the box.
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Is it okay to start a sentence with “There is” especially when concluding a paragraph?

Is it okay to start a sentence with "There is" especially when concluding a paragraph? Example: There is a resemblance between the Flashlight song and my parents because they specifically serve as ...
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Can I use “there” twice in the same sentence?

There is many food there. There is are many food foods there. Is the above sentence correct ?
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What is in vs What is there in

I can't quite figure if there is a difference between: What is in the bag? What is there in the bag? And this: Who is in the house? Who is there in the house?
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How to better express the idea of “advantages are supported by”

I'm writing an essay about the benefits of eating only vegetables and fruits. This is my discussion statement, which links the supporting statement to my point of view. Advantages of vegetarian ...
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“what it is to <do something>”

According to this passage, based on Three Days to See by Helen Keller: "I do not know what it is to see into the heart of a friend through that "window of the soul," the eye. I can only "see" ...
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How can an event prove by itself?

I looked up in this online dictionary for the word, endeavour, http://www.englantisuomi.com/en/dictionary-english-finnish/endeavour but the example sentence even made me more confused. Here is the ...
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“There is a lot ” vs “There are lot”

There is a lot of animals. There are lot of animals. Which one between the above sentences is correct ? or both can be used ?
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It was = There were? [closed]

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"....
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Is it correct to say “Next to the bed are three chairs”?

Is it correct to say "Next to the bed are three chairs" or is it rather "Next to the bed there are three chairs"?
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Wish Followed by Past Continuous and Past Simple

Yesterday I had and exam in English. I wondered very much for the following sentence - "I wish it ... (snow)now. It's Christmas". My question is if we can say "I wish it snowed now. It's Christmas" or ...
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Word Usage: Appear

Is the following a correct sentence? For this reason, two paths between node A and B appear in the XXX graph. Actually, with the word appear, I try to mean Comes into Existence. Is there any other ...
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There is no place or There is no place in the world

Given the sentence: New restaurants are appearing all over the place. If I change this sentence using "There is no" structure, the possible answers are: 1.There is no place where new ...
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Can I use 'contributed' with 'were', and do I need 'the' before 'Islamic Era'?

Which sentence is grammatically correct? There were many factors contributed to the decline of Islamic Era. There were many factors contributing to the decline of the Islamic Era. Can I ...
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What is the difference between 'There is a pencil there.' and 'There is a pencil.'?

I want to know the difference between the two sentences above. There is a pencil there. There is a pencil. I think that 'there' is unnecessary in No.1 sentence. Would you please tell me the ...
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Meaning of “been” in context below

In the dictionary, the verb "to be" has the meaning exist and the meaning occur/take place. What is the exact meaning of be in sentence below? There have been enormous advances in technology.
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Is “there neither existed a …” a idiomatic phrase?

The phrase only gives 14 results on Google. So, it makes me wonder if it is idiomatic or not. Example sentence: There isn't an appropriate place to break up. There neither exists a spot to stand ...
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Is 'if there's any' grammatical in this sentence?

Is if there's any grammatical in the sentence below? I'll need to look up Huddleston and Pullum's opinion on this issue, if there's any. The source is the last sentence of an answer on this ...
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“This being our first transaction…”

"This being our first transaction....." My dictionary says this means the same as "Because this is our first transaction....." Could anyone tell me why that is? "This being" is a gerund isn't it?...
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it is or they are

We need a warm-kind heart and self-acceptance because it is the key to our success. We need a warm-kind heart and self-acceptance because they are the key to our success. Which is correct? "It is" ...
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Correct way to ask “no chance you can do it?”

Which one sounds more natural to a native speaker? #1 So, no chance to do it? I think there maybe is #2 So no way you can do it? I probably can Or is there a better phrase that a ...
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I don't understand the exact meaning “ It might be that~”

Finally, sharing an experience is appealing to more adventurous travelers. It might be that walking tour of street art in San Francisco. I don't know exactly what "It might be that" is meaning. Is ...
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Why use 'to be' in phrases like 'not to be confused with' instead of 'not to confuse with'?

I know 'not to be confused with' is correct but again don't know why. Why do we say this instead of "Not to confuse with" and "Not to be mistaken for" instead of "Not to mistake for" ?
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What's the grammatical role of “there” in the following sentence?

It is no accident that with the appearance of societies there appear large areas that share similar cultural. I need some grammatical analysis on this sentence. What's the meaning of "there" in this ...
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There has been or have been

Which is correct: I am concerned about whether there has been or have been any accidents.
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“There is no” vs. “There is not”

There is no month in calendar that does not have a festival. There is not a month in calendar when there is not a festival. Do the two sentences mentioned above mean the same thing? Why or why not?
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“Every time there's a thunderstorm …” What part of speech are 'there' and 'every time'?

According to my instructor, 'every time' is used as an adjective + noun, 'there' is used as an adverb. But in the sentence below I think "every time" is used as a time expression adverb, and "there" ...
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“A car is in the garage” versus “There's a car in the garage”

We say "There is a car in the garage." and "There are three cars in the garage." Is it also correct to say "A car is in the garage." and "Three cars are in the garage." If yes, is ...
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I felt strange about the use of “There appear + Noun”

I was checking grammatical mistakes in an English article translated from Chinese. The article is about free trade agreement, and I saw a sentence go like this: "USA, Japan, and Canada will be ...
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Meaning of “there being”

Does anyone else worry about there being too much 'fantasy' in children's fiction? Please tell what there being means. I would like to have alternative ways to rewrite the above sentence. It would be ...
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“There is” or “There are” when detailing things together: a theater, a cafe, and a shop? [duplicate]

Which one of the following is grammatically correct? a) There is a theater, a cafe, and a shop near the park center. b) There are a theater, a cafe, and a shop near the park center.
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the meaning of “there” in the particular sentence

The main safeguards are the Constitution and the Constitutional Court, which are there to prevent such an injustice as the majority deciding to abscond with the property of the minority. Source: http:...
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What does an expression “there + a verb” mean?

I'm curious whether it is correct to replace such sentence as "There is an interesting file in the root directory" with "An interesting file is in the root directory". I think the phrases are ...
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What is this “it”? Is it like “it's sunny?”

"It's off to work we go" Is this "it" like "it's sunny."?
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Was/were? Which one?

There was a couple of months that were really stressful There were a couple of months that were really stressful Which one sounds better? Are they both acceptable?
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Idiom or phrasal verb meaning “give in his efforts”

I'm facing to a little problem. To improve my English fluency I decided to learn some phrasal verbs, and practice them by writing short phrases. But here we are, it seems for me that the phrase ...
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Why isn't “are” correct? [duplicate]

The sentence is: There is a mountain and a lake. I thought this sentence was wrong. But I was told it is correct. I just, I don't know. Shouldn't it be "are"? Why is "is" correct? Thanks in ...
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Is “It is” a complete sentence? [duplicate]

English speaker but this still gets me... It is Is this a complete sentence?
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Is it correct to say “there was a long drive to <somewhere>”?

Is it correct to say “there was a long drive to <somewhere>”? or should I say “it was a long drive to <somewhere>”? I googled this term and I found this sentence: "Although it is a long ...