An example of there is where that bookcase is located.
- at or in that place: often used as an intensive [Mary there is a good player]: in dialectal or nonstandard use, often placed between a demonstrative pronoun and the noun it modifies [that there hog]
- toward, to, or into that place; thither: go there
- at that point in action, speech, discussion, etc.; then: there I paused
- in that matter, respect, etc.; as to that: there you are wrong
- at the moment; right now: there goes the whistle
Origin of thereMiddle English ther, there, where from Old English ther, thær, there, where from Indo-European an unverified form tor-, an unverified form ter-, there from an unverified form to-, an unverified form t?-, demonstrative base from source that, then
- used to express defiance, dismay, satisfaction, etc.: there, I've done it anyway!
- used to express sympathy, concern, etc. when repeated: there, there! everything will be OK
not all there
there you are
- a mild instruction to accept or take what is being offered, as when something is being handed or presented to someone
- approval, agreement, or encouragement
- a feeling of concession or resignation to a situation
there you go
there you go again
- At or in that place: sit over there.
- To, into, or toward that place: wouldn't go there again.
- At that stage, moment, or point: Stop there before you make any more mistakes.
- In that matter: I can't agree with him there.
- In a readily accessible or discoverable state: The answer is out there. All we have to do is look for it.
- Used to introduce a clause or sentence: There are numerous items. There must be another exit.
- Used to indicate an unspecified person in direct address: Hello there.
- Used especially for emphasis after the demonstrative pronoun that or those, or after a noun modified by the demonstrative adjective that or those : That person there ought to know the directions to town.
- Nonstandard Used for emphasis between a demonstrative adjective meaning “that” or “those” and a noun: “You see them there handles?” ( Cormac McCarthy ) “I tell you … that you buried paving-stones and earth in that there coffin” ( Charles Dickens )
Origin of thereMiddle English ther from Old English thǣr, thēr ; see to- in Indo-European roots.
Usage Note: According to the traditional rule, when there precedes a verb such as be, seem, or appear, the verb agrees in number with the following grammatical subject: There is a great Italian deli across the street. There are some boats in the harbor. There appears to be a mistake. There seem to be several problems with the car. In spoken English, however, people often use there's instead of there are with a plural subject, as in There's two slices of pizza left. The Usage Panel dislikes this construction. In our 2014 survey, only 17 percent accepted the sentence There's only three things you need to know about this book (down slightly from 21 percent in 1995). But the results are very different when there's is followed by a compound subject whose first element is singular: 89 percent accepted the sentence In each of us there's a dreamer and a realist. Even more, 95 percent, accepted the sentence When you get to the stop light, there's a gas station on the left and a grocery store on the right. In these sentences, it's possible that the noun phrase following is is considered elliptical: there's a gas station on the left and [there's] a grocery store on the right. The Panel also accepted, but with far more ambivalence (58 percent), a singular verb when the subject is grammatically singular but notionally plural: There's a large number of broken windows in the building.
- (location) In a place or location (stated, implied or otherwise indicated) at some distance from the speaker (compare here).
- (figuratively) In that matter, relation, etc.; at that point, stage, etc., regarded as a distinct place.
- He did not stop there, but continued his speech.
- They patched up their differences, but matters did not end there.
- (location) To or into that place; thither.
- In existence or in this world; see pronoun section below.
- The use of there instead of they're (meaning they are) is a common error in English writing.
- (to or into that place):
- There is sometimes used by way of exclamation, calling attention to something, especially to something distant; as, There, there! See there! Look there!
- There is often used as an expletive, and in this use, when it introduces a sentence or clause, the verb precedes its subject.
- There is much used in composition, and often has the sense of a pronoun. See thereabout, thereafter, therefrom, etc.
- That place.
- That status; that position.
- You get it ready; I'll take it from there.
- Used as an expletive subject of be in its sense of “exist", with the semantic, usually indefinite subject being postponed or (occasionally) implied.
- There are two apples on the table. [=Two apples are on the table.]
- There is no way to do it. [=No way to do it exists.]
- Is there an answer? [=Does an answer exist?]
- No, there isn't. [=No, one doesn't exist.]
- Used with other intransitive verbs of existence, in the same sense, or with other intransitive verbs, adding a sense of existence.
- If x is a positive number, then there exists [=there is] a positive number y less than x.
- There remain several problems with this approach. [=Several problems remain with this approach.]
- Once upon a time, in a now-forgotten kingdom, there lived a woodsman with his wife. [=There was a woodsman, who lived with his wife.]
- There arose a great wind out of the east. [=There was now a great wind, arising in the east.]
- Used with other verbs, when raised.
- There seems to be some difficulty with the papers. [=It seems that there is some difficulty with the papers.]
- I expected there to be a simpler solution. [=I expected that there would be a simpler solution.]
- There are beginning to be complications. [=It's beginning to be the case that there are complications.]
- (in combination with certain prepositions, no longer productive) That.
- therefor, thereat, thereunder
- (colloquial) Used to replace an unknown name, principally in greetings and farewells
- Hi there, young fellow.
- In formal English, the verb agrees with the semantic subject: “there is a tree", “there are some trees", “there seems to be a mistake", “there seem to be some mistakes", and so on. This is because the "there [form of be]" construction originally used, and could still be said to use, "there" as simply an adverb modifying "to be". However, the syntax is archaic enough that "there" is rarely recognized as an adverb. In colloquial usage, therefore, the verb is often found in the third-person singular form, even when the semantic subject is plural "” “there's some trees", “there seems to be some mistakes" "” but this is often considered incorrect.
From Middle English there, ther, thare, thar, thore, from Old English Ã¾Ä“r, Ã¾Ç£r, Ã¾Är (“there; at that place"), from Proto-Germanic *Ã¾ar (“at that place; there"), from Proto-Indo-European *tar- (“there"), from demonstrative pronominal base *to- (“the, that") + adverbial suffix *-r. Cognate with Scots thar, thair (“there"), North Frisian dear, deer, dÃ¤r (“there"), Saterland Frisian deer (“there"), West Frisian dÃªr (“there"), Dutch daar (“there"), Low German dar (“there"), German da, dar- (“there"), Danish der (“there"), Swedish dÃ¤r (“there"), Icelandic Ã¾ar (“in that place, there").