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So my writing teacher hates the expression "there are" in essays. Does anybody know some good substitutes for this overused expression?

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Try to take the word after the "there are" as the subject, or object, of the sentence. And to find a verb more precise, or on the reverse more general than "are". Eventually, to express the idea in a totally different way.

"There are penguins in Antarctica". -> "Penguins live in Antarctica".

"There are place settings on the table". -> "Place settings lay on the table". -> "The table is laid".

"There are many elderly people in this town". -> "Many elderly people live in this town". -> "The mean age is high in this town".

"There are many motives of disagreement between him and me" -> "We have many motives of disagreement". -> "We disagree on a number of ideas".

  • "There are place settings on the table". -/-> "Place settings lay on the table". "There are place settings on the table". -> "Place settings lie on the table". – Edwin Ashworth Oct 7 '13 at 8:42

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