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The opening There

Two classes of the opening There should be avoided. The first is the same as the first class of the opening It.

There are some buildings that will... CHANGE TO Some buildings will...
There are some people who are... CHANGE TO Some people are...

The second class relegates what might precede the verb to less prominence after the verb.

There is nothing wrong with the opening there, unless there are too many there's in evidence.
Nothing is wrong with the opening there unless too many there's are evident.

Note that such rescues are not always felicitous: There are two reasons should not be changed to Reasons are two or to Two reasons exist.

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