There is / There are and It
We often use there + to be and It…as a subject but they do not refer to any object. There is / are is used to introduce a topic, or say that something exists. It … is often used for the weather, time and distance.
Can I have some examples of there is / there are, please?
There's so much happening.
Is there anything much going on at the moment?
There are two new students in our class.
There aren't any good football matches on TV this week.
What about other tenses? Is there is / there are only used in the present?
No, you can change the tense.
There were fire-breathing dragons in the streets.
Were there any accidents?
I think there'll be loads of people at the festival.
There haven't been many entries for the competition.
Have a look at these sentences. The topic is introduced with there is / are, then it and they refer back to something already mentioned.
There's a good film on channel 2. It starts at 10 o'clock. (It = the film)
There are two new students in our class. They're from Brazil. (They = the students)
No, you can't.
Yes. We use it for talking about the weather, time, distance and days and dates.
It's warm and sunny
What time is it? > It's only 6 o'clock
How far is it to the shopping centre? > It's three km to my house from here. It's a long way to walk.
It's Saturday tomorrow, great!
What's the date? It's November 18th.
Yes, and there's more. We also use it + to be + adjective + infinitive clauses. In these sentences it refers forwards to the infinitive clause.
It's nice to meet you.
It's hard to hear anything with this noise.
Was it easy to understand him?
It'll be difficult to find the venue without a map.
That's a good it expression!
Yes, it really is time to stop now! Bye!