I'm an English teacher in Belgium and would like to know the following... I gave my students the sentence 'There were a lot of people in the shop.' I asked my students to make a good question to get in the shop as the answer. -> 'Where were there a lot of people?' A lot of my students wrote -> 'Where were a lot of people?' Is that also correct? Thanks in advance!
Perhaps it would help to point out to them that in French, the expression "il y a" has nothing to do with anyone who /has/ anything. In the same way, in English, /there is/ has nothing to do with where anyone is. It's an idiom, and that's that! The question is: "Are there a lot of people in the shop." The question is formed exactly as any other question in the verb /to be/ in English. "John and Mary are at home." "Are John and Mary at home?" "There are a lot people in the shop." "Are there . . . "