I am studying existential there, but I am not sure if the following sentences are exemple of existential sentences. All sentences come from Oscar Wilde's A house of pomegranates, available at Project Gutenberg (https://www.gutenberg.org/files/873/873-h/873-h.htm).
- "Many other mirrors are there, but they are mirrors of Opinion."
- "And the young Fisherman rose up and crept towards the room of the merchant, and over the feet of the merchant there was lying a curved sword, and the tray by the side of the merchant held nine purses of gold."
- "Now at the gate of the city there was seated one who was a leper."
Usually, I attach a question tag to the sentence, but in these cases it sounds a little bit odd to me to say "Many other mirrors are there, aren't there?". I expect something like "aren't they"... Besides, I am puzzled by the inversion of verb and complement (if it is really an existential) in the first quote and by the participles lying and seated in the other two. Well, any contribution will be enlightening. Thanks in advance.