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(Pronounced [ðə(r), STRONG ðeə(r)] for meanings 1 and 2, and [ðe͟ə(r)] for meanings 3 to 19.)

  1. PRON: PRON be n There is used as the subject of the verb `be' to say that something exists or does not exist, or to draw attention to it.

  2. PRON: PRON v n You use there in front of certain verbs when you are saying that something exists, develops, or can be seen. Whether the verb is singular or plural depends on the noun which follows the verb.

  3. CONVENTION There is used after `hello' or `hi' when you are greeting someone.

  4. ADV: be ADV, oft ADV for n, ADV to-inf If something is there, it exists or is available.

  5. ADV: be ADV, ADV with v, n ADV, oft prep ADV You use there to refer to a place which has already been mentioned.

  6. ADV: ADV with be, ADV after v, oft prep ADV You use there to indicate a place that you are pointing to or looking at, in order to draw someone's attention to it.

  7. ADV: ADV cl You use there in expressions such as `there he was' or `there we were' to sum up part of a story or to slow a story down for dramatic effect. [SPOKEN]

  8. ADV: ADV with be You use there when speaking on the telephone to ask if someone is available to speak to you.

  9. ADV: ADV after v You use there to refer to a point that someone has made in a conversation.

  10. ADV: ADV with cl, oft prep ADV You use there to refer to a stage that has been reached in an activity or process.

  11. ADV: be ADV, ADV after v You use there to indicate that something has reached a point or level which is completely successful.

  12. ADV: ADV cl You can use there in expressions such as there you go or there we are when accepting that an unsatisfactory situation cannot be changed. [SPOKEN]

  13. ADV: ADV cl (emphasis) You can use there in expressions such as there you go and there we are when emphasizing that something proves that you were right. [SPOKEN]

  14. PHRASE: PHR cl You use there again to introduce an extra piece of information which either contradicts what has been said or gives an alternative to it.

  15. PHRASE: V inflects Phrases such as there you go again, are used to show annoyance at someone who is repeating something that has annoyed you in the past. [SPOKEN]

  16. PHRASE: cl PHR You can add `so there' to what you are saying to show that you will not change your mind about a decision you have made, even though the person you are talking to disagrees with you. [INFORMAL]

  17. PHRASE: PHR after v, PHR with cl If something happens there and then or then and there, it happens immediately.

  18. CONVENTION You say `there there' to someone who is very upset, especially a small child, in order to comfort them. [SPOKEN]

  19. CONVENTION (formulae) You say `there you are' or `there you go' when you are offering something to someone. [SPOKEN]

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Pronounced for meanings 1 and 2, and for meanings 3 to 19.

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