I would like to ask if the following sentences are grammatically correct and whether the constructions are similar:

There was some fine skiing there.

There was some shooting in the streets.

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    Both are grammatical. Both use There-Insertion with nouns derived with the -ing nominalization from active intransitive verbs (ski, shoot) as subject, appearing after the verb because There-Insertion. They're not gerunds; they can take determiners and adjectives, and they can't take a direct object: *There was some shooting people in the streets. Gerunds are verbs; these are nouns. – John Lawler May 5 '14 at 15:26
  • @JohnLawler, please put answers in the answer box and not as comments. Comment-answers break the purpose of the "Unanswered" page. Thank you. – joseph_morris May 9 '14 at 1:19
  • I am not responsible for the purpose of the 'Unanswered' page. – John Lawler May 9 '14 at 2:32
  • You wrote an answer in a box that said "Use comments to ask for more information or suggest improvements. Avoid answering questions in comments." With equal ease, you could have written it in the box below it that says "Your Answer", and it would make the site easier to use for others. Geez. – joseph_morris May 9 '14 at 17:51

To cut a long story short - yes. They are both grammatically correct and the construction of their individual sentences are similar to each other.

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