Is omitting THERE is OK sometimes?
- You think too much
I had this question on a list of “Daily English” my kids know:
Q: How many people are in your family?
A: There are X people in my family.
The questions seems perfectly OK to me, but I guess a few grammatically talented parents pointed out that I left out THERE in the question.
When I taught them I wasn’t actually teaching them the THERE+BE grammar (and question forming.) It was just some random thing the school wanted me to teach.
I pulled out my trusty “Basic English Grammar” book and sure enough, seems I should have a THERE there. But intuition tells me that omitting the THERE is just one of those grammar oddities that is accepted as being OK (a Google search founds some people that agree.)
Is the omission of there something you guys do too? I can think of a thousand sentences I’d use without THERE. Using the THERE seems clumsy to me.
(Because it’s probably more helpful to the kids, I’m going to add THERE to the question, I’m just wondering what yall thinks.)