Professionals Podcasts - Change management

Listen to a consultant talking about the basic stages of the change process and the people in the change management team.

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Language level

Upper intermediate: B2


Hello Kirk,
Thank you for the comments.
Now, I understand that “need” is a semi-modal verb and can be used after the dummy subject “there”.

Thank you for answering my question!
I did the exercises about dummy subject “there” and “it”.
I understand that we use ‘there’ as a dummy subject with part of the verb ‘be’ followed by a noun phrase.
However, the sentence I asked about uses the verb “need”, not “be”verb.
Could you show me more example sentences where the dummy subject “there” is used.
Thank you for paying attention.

Hi Papas,

It's also possible to use modal verbs (e.g. 'will', 'might', 'should') and semi-modal verbs like 'need' before the main verb 'be' in sentences with 'there' as a dummy subject.

The Cambridge Dictionary's page on Dummy subjects also has a number of examples that could be useful for you.

Please let us know if you have any other questions.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Hi, teachers and colleagues!
I’m not sure about this sentence: There needs to be a way to collect feedback.
Is the word “there” the subject of this sentence?
Thank you for paying attention.

Hello Papas,

Yes, that's right -- 'there' is the subject of this sentence. It's called a dummy subject.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

I would like to know if my opinion is written in a right way. Thanks
I think it’s always difficult to introduce an organisational change in a company even when there is a good reason to change. Most of people are resistant to change because it’s easier to follow the same old way but the management team should be able to comunicate all the employees both youngers and experienced ones the real motivations and adavantages resulting for change and help them to cope with it.

Hello Ulisse,

I'm afraid we don't provide corrections of texts., but I can say that I understood it with no problems and there are no serious errors in it. If you have a specific question about a specific sentence, please feel free to ask us.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Why are people sometimes resistant to change?

I think because they are in a comfort zone and they don't want to asimilate something new just because they think it is not necessary or even helpful.

What kind of changes have you experienced in the place where you work or study?

I experienced things like the change of my boss, rellocation of the office, remodelation of some work places.

in the sentence (and there must be a real business need reason in order to change current practice) is not a real business subject and need verb therefore we say needs instead of need
thank you