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Below are some examples of sentences from classic literature using the word ‘There’.


There’s been too much blabbing already.”

From ‘Treasure Island’, by Robert Louis Stevenson.


In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.

From ‘The Hobbit’, by J.R.R. Tolkien.


There wasn’t a scratch or a ripple on its surface.

From ‘Mr Standfast’, by John Buchan.


“But why were you not there, Edward? — Why did you not come?”

From ‘Sense and Sensibility’, by Jane Austen.


There was some anxiety mixed with Lady Russell’s joy in meeting her.

From ‘Persuasion’, by Jane Austen.


“Bath is a charming place, sir; there are so many good shops here.”

From ‘Northanger Abbey’, by Jane Austen.


There would be just time to catch him before he went out to lunch.

From ‘Jill the Reckless’, by P.G. Wodehouse.


“I feel that there are goodness, peace, and truth, wherever Agnes is.”

From ‘David Copperfield’, by Charles Dickens.


If there were nothing to struggle for, there would be nothing to be achieved.

From ‘Self-Help’, by Samuel Smiles.


There are few people whom I really love, and still fewer of whom I think well.”

From ‘Pride and Prejudice’, by Jane Austen.


All I had gathered from it amounted to this, — that there was a mystery at Thornfield.

From ‘Jane Eyre’, by Charlotte Brontë.


“Well, child, dry up your tears. There is no use in these tears; they can do no good.”

From ‘Mansfield Park’, by Jane Austen.


“Is your sister at Pemberley still?”

“Yes, she will remain there till Christmas.”

From ‘Pride and Prejudice’, by Jane Austen.


There is nothing I can say, sir,” I returned, “except that all the blame is mine.”

From ‘David Copperfield’, by Charles Dickens.


She was less handsome than her brother; but there was sense and good humour in her face.

From ‘Pride and Prejudice’, by Jane Austen.


There was hardly a day in which I did not catch a glimpse of one or other of you.”

From ‘Sense and Sensibility’, by Jane Austen.


My legs seemed made of lead, my head burned, and there were fiery pains over all my body.

From ‘Greenmantle’, by John Buchan.


There is a horse for sale at Scrubbs’s, which it would be a sin and a crime to lose.”

From ‘Nicholas Nickleby’, by Charles Dickens.


There was also the official unwillingness to undertake anything novel, untried, and contrary to routine.

From ‘Men of Invention and Industry’, by Samuel Smiles.


The upshot was that though England was full of the revolutionary ideas, nevertheless there was no revolution.

From ‘The Victorian Age in Literature’, by G. K. Chesterton.

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“I only quote this as a trivial example of observation and inference.”

From ‘The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes’, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

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