I don't know the exact difference between these two expressions:

There is an apple on the table


An apple is on the table

Can anyone explain the usage?

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These sentences differ in primary focus.
In the sentence "An apple is on the table" we are talking primarily about the apple (and where is it).
In the sentence "There is an apple on the table" we describe what is on the table (and it's an apple).

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    Appreciate your help so much! Are both these two expressions right in syntax? Do both of them sound natural?
    – 88881111
    Jan 5, 2019 at 2:30
  • @88881111, Yes, you can use any of these phrases, choosing the most appropriate one depending on the context. Jan 5, 2019 at 2:37
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    So lovely you are! You helps a lot. Really thank you !
    – 88881111
    Jan 5, 2019 at 3:00

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