a - There will be an employment fair held tomorrow.

b - An employment fair will be held tomorrow.

*IF (a) is correct, kindly explain the structure of the sentence. Thank you.

  • 2
    What makes you think one of them is wrong?
    – terdon
    Commented Sep 13, 2013 at 4:52
  • 1
    Does the (1) mean that there are more of these to come?
    – Andrew Leach
    Commented Sep 13, 2013 at 8:54
  • No. (a) means there will be a fair tomorrow (only)
    – Ikki
    Commented Sep 21, 2013 at 3:27
  • I just thought (a) sounds a bit unnatural. If I put "to be" in (a) like this: "There will be an employment fair TO BE held tomorrow." it will sound wrong. So I asked :)
    – Ikki
    Commented Sep 21, 2013 at 3:30

2 Answers 2


Sentence a. is correct, but held is redundant. We don't normally say:

There will be a presentation given tomorrow.

There will be a rehearsal performed on Friday.

There will be match played next weekend.

The first sentence follows the usual Given-New pattern of placing new information towards the end of the sentence. This is why the first of the following pairs is more usual:

There is a cat on the roof. / A cat is on the roof.

There was a fly in my soup. / A fly was in my soup.


Both are grammatical.

(a) uses the device known as existential there. It is used, in the words of the ‘Longman Student Grammar of Spoken and Written English’:

. . . to state the existence or occurrence of something . . . The noun phrase following be is called the notional subject . . . Clauses with existential there are called existential clauses. The main function of existential clauses is to introduce new information.

(b) is a passive construction and follows the normal English word order of Subject (‘an employment fair’) followed by Verb (‘will be held’).

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