For example, if you write: 'It is said…', the reader is left with the question 'by whom? Or if you write: 'There are deaths…' who kills, and where? The word 'there' says too little about the situation here. Or actually: nothing. So: rather avoid. Scribbr , a platform with tips and help for writing a thesis, also warns against the word 'er'. For a good assessment you have to watch out for colloquialism and vague language.
'Er' is therefore associate with 'vague language', which makes texts less creible. Something that is of course not useful for journalists or students. A few tips for students in a row. Reading the examples above, I do agree that the word is sometimes We provide high-quality Whatsapp list we have superfluous. But in the second example I would leave 'there', because it reads better. Matter of taste? Difficulty learning Dutch The fact that 'there' is a complex word is also apparent in people who learn the Dutch language as a second language . This starts with the problem that we often do not pronounce this word clearly.
Read the following question aloud: What is going on? You'll probably say something phonetically along the lines of "What's going on?" Then suddenly the word is almost inaudible. And while we're on the subject of this question: what does 'there' literally mean in the question 'what is there?'. Or 'I'm coming'? We call these idiomatic expressions: word combinations where it makes no sense to think about the literal meaning. Idiomatic expressions are ways of saying, of articulating concepts, without using the word itself. – Schutz And then 'there' can also refer to 'nowhere', as for example in the sentence: 'There is laughter'. A complex word! But I now understand why it is better to avoid 'there' in some fields. Fortunately, this is not the case in my field. So, what do you think.