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The whole sentence is:

だが、偶然にも生き残ったサイア人たちがいた。

Could it be:

However, fortuitously surviving sayajins remained.

In this case, this いた is the past of 居る? If this right, 居る could have the reading "to remain" or "the be left" in this case?

Thanks.

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    いる doesn't mean "to remain" or "to leave". It just means "to be" or "there is".
    – naruto
    Commented May 5, 2019 at 22:36

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いた just means "there was ~" here. いた is the past tense of いる ("to be", "to exist"). And is サイア人 a typo for サイ人?

生き残ったサイヤ人
Saiyans who survived

偶然にも生き残ったサイヤ人
Saiyans who happened to survive

だが、偶然にも生き残ったサイヤ人たちがいた
However, there were Saiyans who happened to survive.

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As youy say, いた is the past of 居る.

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