there


there
there [ðεər]
1. adverb
   a. (place) y before vb, là
• we shall soon be there nous serons bientôt arrivés
• put it there posez-le là
• in there là-dedans
• down or over there là-bas
• somewhere round there quelque part par là
• from there de là
• they went there and back in two hours ils ont fait l'aller et retour en deux heures
• to be there for sb (inf) ( = supportive) être là pour qn
► there is ( = there exists) → be
► to be there ( = exist) exister
• if the technology is there, someone will use it si la technologie existe, quelqu'un l'utilisera
   b. (other uses) there he is! le voilà !
• there you are ( = I've found you) (ah) vous voilà ! ; (offering sth) voilà
• hurry up there! eh ! dépêchez-vous !
• there's my mother calling me il y a ma mère qui m'appelle
• I disagree with you there là je ne suis pas d'accord avec vous
• you've got me there! alors là, ça me dépasse ! (inf)
• there comes a time when ... il vient un moment où ...
• you press this switch and there you are! tu appuies sur ce bouton et ça y est !
• there you are, I told you that would happen tu vois, je t'avais bien dit que ça allait arriver
• there they go! les voilà qui partent !
• I had hoped to finish early, but there you go j'espérais finir tôt mais tant pis
• he's all there (inf) ( = not stupid) il n'est pas idiot
• he's not all there (inf) il est un peu demeuré (inf)
2. exclamation
• there, what did I tell you? alors, qu'est-ce que je t'avais dit ?
• there, there, don't cry! allons, allons, ne pleure pas !
• there now, that didn't hurt, did it? eh bien, ça n'a pas fait si mal que ça, si ?
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Note: there is generally translated by after prepositions: near there = près de là etc and when emphasizing the location of an object/a point etc visible to the speaker: put them there = mettez-les là
Remember that voilà is used to draw attention to a visible place/object/person: there's my watch = voilà ma montre, whereas il y a is used for generalizations: there's a village nearby = il y a un village tout près
there when unstressed with verbs such as aller and être is translated by y: we went there last year = nous y sommes allés l'année dernière, but not where emphasis is made: it was there that we went last year = c'est là que nous sommes allés l'année dernière
For examples of the above and further uses of there see the entry below
[ðeə(r)] 1.
pronoun (as impersonal subject) il

there seems ou appears to be — il semble y avoir

there is/are — il y a

there are many reasons — il y a beaucoup de raisons

there is some left — il en reste

once upon a time there was — il était une fois

there'll be a singsong later — on va chanter plus tard

there's no denying that — personne ne peut nier que

2.
adverb
1) (that place or point) là

up to there —

down to there — jusque là

put it in there — mettez-le là-dedans

in there please — (ushering somebody) par là s'il vous plaît

2) (at or to that place) là

stand there — mettez-vous là

go over there — va là-bas

since we were last there — depuis la dernière fois que nous y sommes allés

it's there that — gen c'est là que; (when indicating) c'est là où

to go there and back in an hour — faire l'aller et retour en une heure

take the offer while it's there — fig profite de l'occasion pendant que c'est possible

3) (to draw attention) (to person, activity etc) voilà; (to place) là

what have you got there? — qu'est-ce que tu as là?

there goes the coach — voilà le car qui s'en va

there you go again — fig ça y est, c'est reparti

there you are — (seeing somebody arrive) vous voilà; (giving object) tenez, voilà; (that's done) et voilà

there's a bus coming — voilà un bus

that paragraph there — ce paragraphe

my colleague there will show you — mon collègue va vous montrer

which one? this one or that one there? — lequel? celui-ci ou celui-là?

there's why! — ça explique tout!

4) (indicating arrival) là

will she be there now? — est-ce qu'elle y est maintenant?

when do they get there? — quand est-ce qu'ils arrivent là-bas?

there I was at last — j'étais enfin là-bas

the train won't be there yet — le train ne sera pas encore là

we get off there — c'est là qu'on descend

5) (indicating juncture) là

there we must finish — nous devons nous arrêter là

there was our chance — c'était notre chance

so there we were in the same cell — et comme ça on s'est retrouvé dans la même cellule

6) (colloq) (emphatic)

hello there! — salut!

hey you there! — eh toi là-bas!

3.
there and then adverbial phrase directement
4.
there again adverbial phrase (on the other hand) d'un autre côté
5.
exclamation

there there! — (soothingly) allez! allez!

there! — (triumphantly) voilà!

there, I told you! — voilà, je te l'avais bien dit!

there, you've woken the baby! — c'est malin, tu as réveillé le bébé!


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