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Is it ok to say:

a) In New York are many shops.

I feel that there is a there missing and it would have to be

b) In New York there are many shops.

What about the sentence:

a) In the bottom of the picture are some flowers

Does it have to be

b) In the bottom of the picture there are some flowers.

I am confused, because I don't know in which cases the use of "there" is obligatory.

Can anybody help?

Many thanks
maisiedaisie
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'There' is not obligatory, but it is much more natural:

b) In New York there are many shops.
b) In the bottom of the picture there are some flowers.
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Thank you so much. This is a great help to me, since I was confused about this for quite some time.

maisiedaisie