In an english-learning magazine there is a sentence like "Tourism is the biggest industry There is."

It is the first time i have seen "there is" at the end of a sentence. Is it correct and means something like "it is the biggest industry in the world" or is it just a mistake?.

  • Your interpretation is right. It's a declarative content clause with the subordinator omitted, cf. "Tourism is the biggest industry (that) there is." – BillJ Oct 5 '18 at 7:36
  • Have you noted the details under the tag "there-is"? Does it help? – Kris Oct 5 '18 at 9:34

"Tourism is the biggest industry there is." (Noun phrase + BE + (superlative) complement + there is)

Yes, it is indeed correct English syntax.

It means "in existence [today]" or "of its kind" or "I know (of)" or "available" or "at hand"

"[someone] is the [...] person (there is) to ask about grammar."

You can see that it is optional, but do you also see that if we use it, it sounds a more modest expression than "in the world".

After all, isn't everyone (that we know) "in the world" assuming they are alive? :-)

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