"There is .." and "There are .." = "Es gibt .."

"There is .." and "There are .." is a typical English way of describing what thing(s)/people is/are in a place. E.g. "There is an apple on the table". Germans either use "Da ist .." and "Da sind .." (as the closest translation), but also "Es gibt ..." (literally: "It gives ..") as if a locality would provide something. E.g. "Es gibt Milch."

And this is similar to French "Il y a .." - a teaser for French.

April 3, 2012


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