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In this lesson, we will discuss the correct usage of ‘there’.
Perry: ‘There’ in English language is used to refer to a place, whether concrete or more abstract. For example:
Leena: The science textbooks are over there on the floor.
Perry: In this example, the speaker is telling someone about the location of the books.
Leena: Stop right there.
Perry: In this sentence, the speaker is commanding someone to stop and not proceed any further.
Leena: Do you want to sit here or there?
Perry: The speaker is asking a person about his/her preference. The person is asked to choose between two places: a nearer one and a more distant one.
Leena: That guy there seems to be in trouble.
Perry: The speaker is talking about a guy who is far from her present location. Now let’s see some sample conversations.
Keith: Your family lives in India right?
Kishan: Yes. That’s right. Why do you ask?
Keith: I’ve heard of a place there. One which is completely painted in pink. Is that true?
Kishan: Yes. It’s a very famous place known as Pink City.
Keith: Where is it located?
Kishan: It’s in Rajasthan. Shops, houses and even streets! In there everything is painted in light pink.
Carl: There you are, Ann. I’ve been looking for you everywhere!
Ann: What happened? What’s the hurry?
Carl: There is this dance competition taking place next week. I want you there with me as my partner.
Ann: You do? I’m honored. When are the auditions?
Carl: Today itself at the auditorium. We should get there as fast as we can.
Ann: Are you kidding me? What are we going to do there? We are not even prepared.
Carl: Trust me. When we get there, we’ll figure something out. Now let’s go.