Unnecessary Words

L-4b There Is, It Is

  • The EXPLETIVE constructions there is and it is are useful ways to introduce and emphasize an idea, but often they add unnecessary words and can be replaced with stronger, more precise verbs.

    It is necessary for Americans today to must learn to speak more than one language.
    There are four Four large moons and more than thirty small ones that orbit Jupiter.

    In certain contexts, there is and it is can be the best choices. Imagine the ending of The Wizard of Oz if Dorothy were to say No place is like home instead of the more emphatic (and sentimental) There's no place like home.

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