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There was/were…There has/have been… There will be…

For the present tense we say there is/there are.


For the past tense we say there was/there were.

 

Present tensePast tense
There is a supermarket near to my house.There was a supermarket near to my house 2 years ago.
There isn’t any milk in the fridge.There wasn’t any milk in the fridge yesterday.
Is there any mail for me?Was there any mail for me yesterday?
There are loads of players on the football team.There were loads of players on the football team last month
There aren’t any boys on the swimming team.There weren’t any boys on the swimming team last year.
Are there any hotels in this town?Were there any hotel in this town a few years ago?

 

There has/have…


For the present perfect we say there has been/there have been.

For the past tense we say there was/there were.

 

Present (perfect) tensePast tense
There has been a robbery in the shop.There was a robbery in the shop.
There’s been an accident on the motorway.There was an accident on the motorway.
There have been  improvements in your work.There were improvements in your work.
The books have been written in Spanish.The books were written in Spanish.

 

There will be…


We say there will be when talking about something that is going to happen in the future.

 

  • There will be snow tomorrow afternoon.

  • There will be a rainbow later on in the evening.

  • There will be a new manager soon.

  • There will be a new TV channel coming out soon.

  • There will be another Harry Potter film out next year.

 

We say there won’t be when we are saying that something is not going to happen.

There won’t be = there will not be

 

  • There won’t be any seats left on the train.

  • There won’t be any snow left to make a snowman.

  • There won’t be time to do your homework tomorrow.

  • There won’t be a piece of cake left for you if you don’t eat it now.

  • There won’t be anyone available to drive you to your friends house in the evening.

 

 

There was/were…  There has/have been…   There will be…   Exercises..


 

  1. Fill in the missing gap with either: there is, there are, there was, there were.

 

  • _________________ a good film on TV tonight.

  • _________________ 3 Hilton hotels in this town a few years ago.

  • _________________ a fire at Tom’s house last weekend.

  • _________________ no orange juice in the fridge.

  • _________________ loads of apples in the fruit basket.

  • _________________ 2 cartons of orange juice in the fridge.

  • _________________ no ice cream in the freezer yesterday.

  • _________________ no popcorn to eat whilst watching the film.

  • _________________ some sweets in my bag.

  • _________________ a fiver in coat pocket.

  • _________________ 30 floors in the hotel.

 

 

  1. Create your own questions to compare Are there…? and Were there…?

 

Example:

Are there any messages for me this morning?

Were there any messages for me yesterday?

 

Are there…?

Were there…?

 

 

  1. Complete the following sentences.

 

  • There has been _______________________________________________________

  • There was ___________________________________________________________

  • There have been _____________________________________________________

  • There were _________________________________________________________

  • There has been ______________________________________________________

  • There was ___________________________________________________________

 

Challenge: Create sentences and questions with ‘there will be’ on the following topics: the weather, school lunches and a birthday party.

 

Examples:

  • Do you think there will be any snow this winter?

  • There will be pizza for lunch tomorrow.

  • There will be loads of party games to play at Tom’s birthday party

 

 

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