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In English (as well as other languages I am familiar with) existence can be
expressed by a special 'existential construction' as in (i) below or by a
clause with the verb 'exist' as in (ii)
(i) There is such a thing as non-alcoholic beer
(ii) Non-alcololic beer exists
(i) represents the 'normal'/frequent/unmarked way to express existence
whereas (ii) can be shown to be marked in many ways: it is less frequently
used, functionally restricted etc.
When grammars report on existential constructions, typically constructions
of the type of (i) are presented. I would like to check in what other
languages there is marked construction like (ii) above used to express
The languages I know are Bulgarian, Swedish, French and Russian. I would
very much appreciate data from other languages.
Thanks a lot in advance! I will post a summary if there is enough interest.
All good wishes,
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