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  1. 1
    used for saying that someone or something is in a particular place

    There’s a woman in the other room who wants to talk to you.

    How many people were there at the concert?

  2. 2
    used for saying that someone or something exists or that something happens

    There is a small problem that we need to discuss.

    There have already been four serious accidents on this stretch of road.

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a lifestyle focussing on simple pleasures such as comfort and cosiness in the home, and spending time with friends and family

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a form of location that involves the underwater detonation of a bomb which causes sound waves that are picked up by ships

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