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Jigneshbharati
Posted: Monday, November 11, 2019 11:39:27 AM
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There's a lot of competition going on and I personally feel that I compete with myself. I don't want to compete with anyone else. I am really open-minded and I can bat at any number.
'Never thought of this in my dreams' - Chahar on his 6 for 7 - Cricbuzz
Please explain the use of "there is" in "There's a lot of....".
https://m.cricbuzz.com/cricket-news/110743/never-thought-of-this-in-my-dreams-chahar-on-his-6-for-7
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Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Monday, November 11, 2019 4:19:24 PM

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The "There is/there's" or "There are" phrasings are usually called the "dummy subject". The BBC "Learning English" site calls it an "empty subject".
The clause-type is called an "existential clause" - it says that something (a lot of competition) exists.

"There's a lot of competition going on" = "A lot of competition is going on."

We don't ususlly use a 'vague', indefinite or generalised subject at the start of a sentence (or clause).

There is a cat at the door. (indefinite)
A cat is at the door.
There is my cat at the door.
My cat is at the door. (specified)
There is the cat at the door.
The cat is at the door. (definite)
There are some cats at the door. (general)
Some cats are at the door.

This grammar article may help.
Jigneshbharati
Posted: Monday, November 11, 2019 4:39:10 PM
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