The Use of "there is"
The common English phrase "there is" can not always be translated literally. Here are some examples of how it is used:
It can be used in affirmative and negative statements:
- Look, there's a lighthouse over there!
- Do you have more apples? – No, but there are a couple of pears left on the shelf!
- I think there is nothing more we can do.
- I expected a huge family, but as it turns out there aren't any children.
It can also be used in questions:
- Excuse me, is there a place where I could get changed?
- You have so many books! Are there any books you would like to get rid of?
- Isn't there anything I can do?
- Aren't there any other firemen?
In the exercise below, you will find different sentences. Turn them into sentences with "there is" and "there are"!