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There + To Be

(There is/ There are/ There was/ There were)

THERE IS

There is is used in the present tense to say that something exists or you can also use it to introduce a topic.

You can use there is in the affirmative, negative and interrogative form.

 

AffirmativeNegativeInterrogative
There is or There’s

 

There is not or There isn’t

 

Is there?

 

Examples:

There is one new girl in my English class.

There isn’t a movie playing now.

Is there any way I can help you?

There is a bus coming.

There isn’t a book here.

Is there a person who I can talk to?

 

THERE ARE 

There are is also used in the present tense, but in the plural form to say that things exist.

You can use there are in the affirmative, negative and interrogative form:

AffirmativeNegativeInterrogative
There are or There’re

 

There are not or There aren’t

 

Are there?

 

Examples:

There are five students in class.

There aren’t opened stores today.

Are there many people at the party?

There are tigers and monkeys at the zoo.

There aren’t any apples on the table.

 

THERE WAS

Use there was in the past tense to say that something existed. Use it only in the singular form.

 

AffirmativeNegativeInterrogative
There wasThere was not or There wasn’tWas there?

Examples:

There was a woman standing in the doorway.

There wasn’t a big dog in that house.

Was there a cake in the refrigerator?

 

THERE WERE

Use there were in the past tense to say that things existed. Use it in the plural form.

AffirmativeNegativeInterrogative
There wereThere were not or There weren’tWere there?

Examples:

There were ten birds singing this morning.

There weren’t people crossing the street.

Were there many candies at the party?

 

THERE WILL BE

You can also use there to be in the future. Take a look:

AffirmativeNegativeInterrogative
 

There will be

There won’t beWill there be?

Examples:

There will be a party tomorrow.

There won’t be classes on Saturdays.

Will there be people at the party?

Pay attention!

You can use there will be for singular and plural forms.

 

Also learn from Captain English about Wh Questions Words.