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.

Do the Preparation task first. Then listen to the audio. Next go to each Task and do the activity. If you need help, you can read the transcript at any time.



Language level

Upper intermediate: B2


nice task

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

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

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”.

When you talk about change somewhere people fisrt are not cooperate because there is something new who will occur. People are resist to change because of the fear, fear of endangering themselves.
I have faced of change recently at work I was moved to another service it was for me a great challenge but i managed it successfully. I am francophone speeker, change that i have to face is to study in English in UK and i prepare for IELTS exam. I am not afraid i just want to work hard more than i used to.