Which is correct and why? "Es gibt interessante Gebäude in der Region." or "Es sind interessante Gebäude in der Region."? Thanks.

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    Both are correct although the first one is more idiomatic in most cases. Aug 29 at 9:01
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    In some regions one says "Es hat interessante Gebäude in der Region." But this is not High German and you should avoid using it.
    – Paul Frost
    Aug 29 at 10:14
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    @infinitezero that is an answer Aug 29 at 10:14

As @infinitezero correctly comments, both variants are acceptable.

Sind is less favoured, since sein is a rather colorless auxiliary verb. This auxiliary function can be seen from the slightly modified example:

Es sind interessante Gebäude in der Gegend verstreut.

Opposed to this geben (see meaning 14) at least indicates, that existence is talked about.

Both sentences may be improved with more context or more focus like:

  • Es gibt viele interessante Gebäude in der Region, die besichtigt werden können.
  • Man findet viele interessante Gebäude in der Gegend.
  • It may be worth mentioning there are different grammatical structures in the two versions. If I understand correctly, in the first one, es is the grammatical subject and geben is 3rd person singular. In the second, Gebäude is the subject with es merely a placeholder, so geben is 3rd person plural. The second version is more English-like with es sind pretty much a literal translation of there are. The phrase es gibt seems to have no corresponding version in English.
    – RDBury
    Aug 29 at 19:42

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