LINGUISTICS & CULTURE
|Autor:||Ricardo - EMB|
|Data:||15/DEZ/2011 2:23 PM|
|Assunto:||Orações sem sujeito|
Different grammarians will give different explanations for the role of there in existential sentences (There + to be).
According to Quirk, Greenbaum and Leech (A Grammar of Contemporary English), the there of existential sentences behaves like the subject of the clause. Ex:
There's some people in the waiting room. (informal)
There are some people in the waiting room.
The existential there is a device for leaving the subject position vacant of content. It may be regarded as an empty slot filler.
Ricardo - EMB
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