7/13/07
 
KISS Grammar Workbooks Level Two Instructional Material

Expletives

    In some sentences, you will find the word "there" in the subject position. Some grammarians consider this "there" to be an "expletive." They then identify a word that appears later in the sentence as the subject. This explanation is acceptable in KISS Grammar.

     But KISS explains this pattern in two other ways:
     1. You can consider the "there" as the subject and the later word a predicate noun.

or
     2. You can consider the "there" as an adverb and the later word as the subject.
 

Portrait of 
Jonathon Buttall
(The Blue Boy)
1770
by
Thomas 
Gainsborough
(1727 - 1788)
Huntington Library 
and Art Museum
San Marino, CA

There [Expl] are five people at the table.
or
There are five people at the table.
or
There are five people (PN) at the table.


Deep in the woods there [Expl] was a small house.
or
Deep in the woods there was a small house.
or
Deep in the woods there was a small house (PN).


There [Expl] is a place for us.
or 
There is a place for us.
or
There is a place (PN) for us.


Waiter, there [Expl] is a fly in my soup.
or
Waiter, there is a fly in my soup.
or
Waiter, there is a fly (PN) in my soup.


There [Expl] must be no mistake this time.
or
There must be no mistake this time.
or
There must be no mistake (PN) this time.