Grammar Patterns

there be det N in n/-ing

there be det N in n/-ing

The noun comes after there, the verb be, and a determiner, and is followed by a prepositional phrase which consists of in and a noun group or an '-ing' clause.
therebedeterminerNouninnoun group/-ing clause
There'snopointinworrying about it.
Nouns with this pattern are used when saying how useful or sensible something is.
There was no political mileage in it so they ducked the issue.
There is little point in continuing treatment for more than six months.
There was no sense in arguing.
  • mileage
  • point
  • sense
  • There is also one noun, truth, which is used when saying how true something is.
    Is there any truth in the rumour that he already has a substantial body of new work ready for print?

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