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Which verbs apart from the pure copula follow the existential 'there'?

The existential 'there' is usually followed by a form of the verb 'to be', used as a pure copula. For instance, rather than saying, a wrench is on the bench, you'd say there's a wrench on the bench. ...
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Why put the verb before the subject?

The opening sentence to The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien reads, In a hole in the ground there lived [verb] a hobbit [subject]. I wonder if there are accepted stylistic purposes for such a structure. ...
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“'There is'/'There are' several …” in this sentence

I was interested in the following sentence which appeared in an article titled “HORSE MARKET" in The New York Times (Dec. 4, 1861). There is several first-class draught horses in market, held at ...
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Consistency of “There is the same number of elements in… as there are in…”

I'm proofreading this in a friend's paper: There is the same number of elements in the set of odd numbers as there are in the even numbers. The same number is singular and it's the thing being ...
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“There is” or “there are”? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: “There are so many” vs. “There is so many” I know this is correct: There's no problem. But what if it was plural, i.e. problems? Would this ...