There is a man + verb- ing

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There is a man + verb- ing

Post by Zsuzsanna » Sun Mar 22, 2020 10:26 pm

Hi there,
I'm teaching now the structure there is/are ....verb-ing to my students, but I'm not sure: why do we have this structure at all?
I need some help in understanding what is the difference between the following two sentences:
There is a man climbing over the gate.
A man is climbing over the gate. (We could simply say this, couldn't we?)
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Re: There is a man + verb- ing

Post by Alan » Mon Mar 23, 2020 9:39 am

Yes, indeed you could!

It really serves to focus on the existence of the man (in addition to the action that he is performing).

Other than that, its use or non-use is entirely a matter of choice.

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