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It is rather simple to say:

Il y a for There is or There are

Il y avait for There was or There were

Il y eut for There was or There were

Il y aura for There will be

Il y aurait for There would be

But it's harder to use il y a with les temps passés as I don't have a logical model upon which to base my forming these verbal constructions.

As far as I can tell, these would be:

Il y a eu for There has been or There have been

Il y avait eu for There had been

Il y aura eu for There will have been

Il y aurait eu for There would have been

And now comes the most difficult part. How do I use il y a with pouvoir and devoir (what would be modal verbs in English) especially when used in the perfect tenses? How do I actually say:

There can be...

There could be...

There can have been...

There could have been...

There must be...

There must have been...

There had to be...

There had to have been...

There will have to be...

There will have to have been...

There would have to be...

There would have to have been...

There should be...

There should have been...

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    You conjugate the French verb devoir / pouvoir at whatever tense you need and y avoir remains static because the verbs that follows devoir and pouvoir are always followed by the infinitive. Il ne devrait pas y avoir grand chose de plus à dire. – Laure May 7 '17 at 15:01
  • Did you look in a dictionary, they're sometimes useful... There must have been, There should have been, etc. – Laure May 8 '17 at 7:09
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Personnellement, je traduirais ce que tu demandes comme suit:

There can be... : Il peut y avoir...

There could be...: Il pourrait y avoir...

There can have been...: Il peut y avoir eu...

There could have been...: Il aurait pu y avoir...

There must be...: Il doit y avoir...

There must have been...: Il doit y avoir eu...

There had to be...: Il devait y avoir...

There had to have been...: Il devait y avoir eu...

There will have to be...: Il faudra qu'il y ait...

There will have to have been...: Il faudra avoir été...

There would have to be...: Il faudrait qu'il y ait..

There would have to have been...: Il faudrait qu'il y ait eu...

There should be...: Il devrait y avoir...

There should have been...: Il aurait dû y avoir...

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