How to differentiate "occur" and "there is"?

(a) Nobody can predict when and where an earthquake occurs.

(b) If there's a big earthquake, my house will collapse.

4 Answers

  • 2 months ago

    This belongs in language. But to answer your question, it's one of English's quirks. "There is" can substitute for "occur," or more accurately, for the present tense of "will happen," in a more colloquial context. This is actually fairly uncommon in language. In most languages that use location adjectives, they refer strictly to a location in space, not in time.

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  • Zardoz
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    (a) Nobody can predict when and where there's going to be an earthquake.

    (b) If a big earthquake occurs, my house will collapse.

    Source(s): [n] = 10ⁿ
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  • 2 months ago

    I don't quite see what you are asking.  "there is" (or there are) is just a phrase that is used to define that a thing exists.  Occur means happen.  There is means things exist.  Not quite the same ideas.  Different words to mean different things.

    A thing happening is not the same as a thing existing.  A thing that happens can also be seen to have existed while it happened, if you want.

  • Jay
    Lv 6
    2 months ago

    You just did     

    • Minamoto2 months agoReport

      I don't know why.

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