Gramática

there be det N to n/-ing

there be det N to n/-ing

The noun comes after there, the verb be, and a determiner, and is followed by a prepositional phrase which consists of to and a noun group. The preposition to is sometimes followed by an '-ing' clause.
therebedeterminer Nountonoun group/-ing clause
There'sasymbolicaspecttothe President's journey.
Thereisa patterntohistory.
Therewasno purposetomy life.
Most nouns with this pattern refer to a feature or quality that something has.
There was an unpleasant edge to her voice now.
Yet there is a logic to the appointment.
There is no point to deception unless there is a need for it.
Appeal, aspect, dimension, feel, flavour, quality, side, and strand always have a modifier before them. This can be an adjective, a determiner such as another, or a number.
I know this territory, it is mine, but tonight there's an alien quality to the land which frightens me.
There is another side to this whole matter.
There are three strands to this argument.
Element always has one of the modifiers mentioned above, or is followed by a prepositional phrase beginning with of.
Mr Sheather conceded that there might be an element of truth to that theory.
This time the government is emphasising that there is no political element to the trouble.
  • appeal
  • aspect
  • dimension
  • edge
  • element
  • feel
  • flavour
  • logic
  • pattern
  • point
  • purpose
  • quality
  • ring
  • side
  • strand
  • symmetry
  • There are also two nouns which refer to the skill needed to do something.
    There's an art to playing festivals and, as someone pointed out to me, it's obviously all about drama.
  • art
  • knack
  • Productive uses

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