there - definition and synonyms

adverb, interjection, pronoun 

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There can be used in the following ways:
as a pronoun (to introduce the subject of the sentence): There’s a spider in the bath.
as an adverb: Wait there until I get back.
as an interjection: There, that didn’t hurt so much, did it?
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    used for introducing a statement about someone that exists or something that happens
    there is/are:

    There isn’t much time left.

    There are 24 teams competing in the tournament.

    is/are there?:

    Are there any other suggestions?

    there may be/there should be/there seems to be etc:

    There seems to be a lot of confusion.

    there lives/follows/comes etc:

    Long ago there lived a beautiful princess.

    There comes a time in everyone’s life when a big decision has to be taken.

  2. 2
    in or to that place
    1. a.
      in or to a place that has already been mentioned

      They’re going to Hawaii, and they plan to stay there until the end of March.

      The children loved Disneyland – they want to go there again.

      near/around/from etc there:

      He lives in Banbury, or somewhere around there.

      there and back (=going to a place and returning):

      It’s only a hundred miles to Oxford. You could drive there and back in a day.

      right there (=immediately in that place):

      She wanted him to kiss her right there on the beach.

    2. b.
      in or to a place that you are looking at or pointing to

      Look there!’ he said, pointing to a figure dressed in white.

      There’s Angela now, coming up the drive.

      over there:

      Would you like to sit over there by the window?

      in/out/up/under etc there:

      I won’t be able to reach things if you put them up there.

      right there (=exactly in that place):

      The information you want is right there in front of you.

  3. 3
    at a particular point in a series of events, in a speech, or in a story

    I’ll stop there, and answer questions if anyone has anything they want to ask.

    The Rover car company was forced to cut prices, but its problems didn’t end there.

  4. 4
    spoken used in a conversation when referring to a particular thing that someone else has said

    ‘I don’t approve of gambling.’ ‘Well, I agree with you there.’

    Yes, Patrick’s a nice man – you’re right there.

    you’ve got me there (=I don’t know the answer):

    ‘How do birds find their way across the sea?’ ‘Well now, you’ve got me there.’

  5. 5
    used for saying that something is available to be used

    If the opportunity is there, we will take it.

    The money is there for local government to spend on public services.

  6. 6
    spoken used for expressing satisfaction, sympathy etc about something that you have just done or that has just happened

    There, I’ve done my duty as a good host.

    there now:

    There now – does that feel better?

    there (you are) (=used when something has proved you were right):

    There, I told you she wouldn’t mind.

  7. 7
    spoken used when asking to speak to someone on the telephone

    Hello, Peter, is your mother there?

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