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there

adverb \ ˈt͟her \
Updated on: 1 Mar 2018
1 : in or at that place
  • stand over there
often used interjectionally
2 : to or into that place : thither
  • went there after church
3 : at that point or stage
  • stop right there before you say something you'll regret
4 : in that matter, respect, or relation
  • there is where I disagree with you
5 used interjectionally to express satisfaction, approval, encouragement or sympathy, or defiance
  • there, it's finished

Examples of there in a Sentence

  1. There are both justifiable reticence and understandable self-censorship in this book. —Paul LakelandCommonweal24 Feb. 2006
  2. Although there's little data on toxin levels in this species, one small study in San Francisco showed mercury levels almost as high as in swordfish. —Amy BlumenthalOAugust 2004
  3. … the daily regimen included, among other things, 20-minute predawn runs and two-hour morning skates. There were also afternoon weightlifting and cardio sessions. —Kelley KingSports Illustrated21 Jan. 2002
  4. Cancer was like that. It was like being run off the road by a truck, and I've got the scars to prove it. There's a puckered wound in my upper chest just above my heart, which is where the catheter was implanted. —Lance ArmstrongIt's Not About the Bike(2000) 2001
  5. Put the package there on the table.

  6. Go to your room and stay there.

  7. Turn there at the church.

  8. She was sitting there a minute ago.

  9. They have lived there for 30 years.

  10. When will you be there?

  11. I used to live near there.

  12. What do you see out there?

  13. If we leave now, we should get there by noon.

  14. I drove the kids there.

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there vs. they're vs. their

There, they're, and their: they sound the same but have different meanings and keeping them straight can be very tricky.

We'll start with there. It has the word here in it, which can help remind us that this particular word is often about location:

There it is.

Put it there.

Stay there.

We'll be there soon.

It's about location in the more abstract sense too:

There you go.

There is where we disagree.

Friends who are always there for you.

It's also the one to use as the first word in sentences that have the subject after the verb:

There goes the bus.

And it's the one used with is and are at the beginning of sentences and questions:

There are plenty available.

Is there a hotel in the town?

The other two are trickier because they both have the idea of the plural in them. Both are connected to the idea of "them."

They're means "they are":

They're (=they are) funny people.

They're (=they are) the cutest puppies ever.

It can be used of non-living things too:

They're (=they are) both really good books.

They're (=they are) two of our biggest problems.

The last of this trio, their, is the possessive form of they, so it has to do with what belongs to, relates to, or is made or done by certain people, animals, or things:

It's their house.

We're their neighbors.

The trees are losing their leaves.

And there you go. They're not an easy group of words, but with practice we know you can master their distinctions.

Origin and Etymology of there

Middle English, from Old English thǣr; akin to Old High German dār there, Old English thæt that

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there

pronoun \ ˈt͟her , sense 1 is also t͟hər \
1 used as a function word to introduce a sentence or clause
  • there shall come a time
2 used as an indefinite substitute for a name
  • hi there

Origin and Etymology of there

see 1there

3

there

noun \ ˈt͟her \
1 : that place or position
  • there is no here and no there … in pure space
  • —James Ward
2 : that point
  • you take it from there

Examples of there in a Sentence

  1. I'll get everything ready, and you take it from there.

Origin and Etymology of there

see 1there

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there

adjective \ ˈt͟her \
1 used for emphasis especially after a demonstrative pronoun or a noun modified by a demonstrative adjective
  • those men there can tell you
2 nonstandard used for emphasis after a demonstrative adjective but before the noun modified
  • I bet I cussed that there blamed mule five hundred times
  • —Elizabeth M. Roberts
3 : capable of being relied on for support or aid
  • she is always there for him
4 : fully conscious, rational, or aware
  • not all there

Examples of there in a Sentence

  1. She is there to answer any questions you might have.

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Origin and Etymology of there

see 1there

THERE Defined for English Language Learners

there

  • : in that place : at that location

  • : to or into that place

  • : at that point in a process, activity, story, etc.


there

  • : that place

  • : that point


there

  • : capable of being relied on for support or help


THERE Defined for Kids

1

there

adverb \ ˈt͟her \
1 : in or at that place
  • Stand over there.
2 : to or into that place
  • Take the basket there and leave it.
3 : in that situation or way
  • There I disagree with you.
4 used to show satisfaction, soothing, or defiance
  • There, there, it's all right.
  • So there!
5 used to attract attention
  • There, look at that!

2

there

pronoun
used to introduce a sentence in which the subject comes after the verb
  • There is a person outside.

3

there

noun
: that place
  • Get away from there.


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