I.1 The 'be' group
I.1 The 'be' group
These verbs are concerned with something existing or something happening. We include here follow, which indicates that something happens after something else.
Thousands are wounded. Yet there appears little early prospect of a mass evacuation.
Was there any genuine prejudice?
Although there is no certain evidence to prove the origins of the Roma, they are usually thought to have moved westwards across Europe from India between eight and nine centuries ago.
There exist some absolute limits to what human beings can know about their surroundings.
There followed months of research.
There remains one difficulty: how to describe the new wines from South Africa.
The verb seem is usually followed by a noun group beginning with little or no, or with the pronoun nothing.
There seems little point in adopting a different system.
The verb be is often used with a modal verb such as may, with a phrasal modal verb such as be bound to or be supposed to(see Chapter 11), or with a phrase with an adjective group such as be certain/likely/sure/unlikely to.
There was bound to be an increase in job losses.
There was certain to be speculation.
The to-infinitive form of the verb be is often used following a verb such as appear, continue, happen, need, seem, or tend, or following the passive of a verb such as believe,estimate, expect, know, reckon, report, rumour, say, see, think, or understand. The two verbs are in phase and form a complex verb group. The to-infinitive form of the verb exist is sometimes used with appear and seem.
appear be exist follow occur remain seem
There appeared to be no progress following today's talks.
There are reckoned to be thirty-seven different groups.
There were understood to be no injuries.
There seems to exist a large and impressive body of evidence that points to reincarnation.