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Tuesday, 29 April 2014

There was, there were, etc.

Don Quijote

Wasn´t there a reason why I was learning English?

¿No había una razón por la que yo estaba aprendiendo inglés? 



Sancho

There were several. But let´s not talk about that. Allow me to bring up a different subject. There was an interesting bit of news on Mortal TV today. Do you know they are using the latest technology to find the remains of our daddy? They are searching in the convent where he is believed to have been buried. 
    
Había varias. Pero no hablemos de eso. Permíteme cambiar de tema. Dieron una noticia interesante en tele mortal hoy. ¿Sabes que están utilizando la tecnología más punta para encontrar los restos de nuestro papá? Están buscando en el convento donde se supone que fue enterrado.

 
Don Quijote 

Was there anything to be found? Nothing yet? Well, I really hope they find him. We could go to pay our respects and put some flowers on his grave.But for the present, let us review there was, there were, there wasn´t and there weren´t. I know eight rules.

¿Se pudo encontrar algo?  ¿Todavía nada? Pues espero que le encuentren. Podríamos ir a visitarle y a poner flores en su tumba. Pero de momento, repasemos there was, there were, there wasn´t y there weren´t. Yo me sé ocho reglas.

Para singular: there was, there wasn´t
Para plural: there were, there weren´t
Con some: there was, there were (sólo afirmativa)
Con no: there was no, there were no  
 Con any: there wasn´t any, there weren´t any (sólo negativa)
Con any: was there, were there, wasn´t there, weren´t there (interrogativa)

En la interrogativa, se usan wasn´t there o weren´t there para las preguntas cuya respuesta ya crees que sabes. Sólo preguntas para que te confirmen esa respuesta.
También se usan wasn´t there y weren´t there en la interrogativa para expresar sorpresa.
 
There was, there were, there wasn´t, there weren´t.
___1. There (a)was b)were) flowers in the vase.
___2. There (a)were b)weren´t) any people in the room.
___3. There (a)was b)weren´t) many windows. At least six.
___4. There (a)was b)were) some milk in the fridge.
___5. There (a)wasn´t b)weren´t) any children in the park.
___6.  There (a) was b)were) enough chairs.
___7. There (a) was b)were) many posters on the walls.
___8. There (a)wasn´t b)weren´t) anyone at home.
___9. There (a)was b)were) somebody outside waiting for you.
___10. There (a)were b)weren´t) no  red pencils in the pencil case.
___11. There (a)were b)weren´t) any of my friends at the party.
___12. I saw that there (a)was b)were) two men in the dark blue van.
___13. There (a)was b)weren´t) many students in class today. Most were on a field trip.
___14. There (a)were b)weren´t) no lemons growing on the tree.
___15. There (a)was b)were) some peanuts in a small green bowl.

Was there, were there, wasn´t there, weren´t there:
___1. (a)Was b)Were) there any apples in the fruit basket?
___2. (a)Wasn´t b)Weren´t) there any water?
___3. (a)Was b)Wasn´t) there a teacher in the classroom? How strange!
___4. (a)Was b)Were) there two cars in the garage?
___5. (a)Was b)Were) there children in the cinema?
___6. (a)Was b)Were) there a rainbow in the sky?
___7. (a)Weren´t b)Were) there any biscuits? I bought a lot.
___8. (a)Wasn´t b)Was) there a candy shop in this street when we were little? I think there was one. Do you remember it?
___9. (a)Was b)Were) there many stalls in the mediaeval market?
___10. (a)Was b)Wasn´t) there a girl named Sandra in our class? A redhead?
___11.(a)Wasn´t b)Weren´t) there any sandwiches left?
___12. (a)Wasn´t b)Weren´t) there a Jewish family living near your house? The Meirs? 
___13. (a)Was b)Were) there any Italians in your English class?
___14. (a)Was b)Were) there cherry trees in Grandpa´s orchard? 
___15. (a)Wasn´t b)Were) there any sugar? 


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