- there are plenty of fish in the sea,
- there but for the grace of god go i,
- there is no joy in mudville,
- there was a little girl / who had a little curl,
Origin of there
11. It is nonstandard usage to place there between a demonstrative adjective and the noun it modifies: that there car. The same is true of here : these here nails. Placed after the noun, both there and here are entirely standard: that car there; these nails here.
Examples from the Web for theres
Joe, I dont know that theres the slightest hope of saving the mare, but Id like to bring her home and try.
Theres twenty-six of them, which makes one for you, and one for us, and two dozen for the market.Adventures of Sherlock Holmes|A. Conan Doyle
The nurse, cried Madame Ernests little girl; she says theres a spectre in our house, and that shes seen it in the garden.Le Cocu (Novels of Paul de Kock Volume XVIII)|Charles Paul de Kock
I was just going to say theres not many as well fixed as you are, captain.Cursed|George Allan England
Theres the medicine mens hut, whispered Jerry to Jim as they came closer to the temple, and saw near it, a smaller cabin.The Motor Boys Over the Rockies|Clarence Young
- an expression used when handing a person something requested or desired
- an exclamation of triumphthere you are, I knew that would happen!
Word Origin for there
Old English þær "in or at that place," from Proto-Germanic *thær (cf. Old Saxon thar, Old Frisian ther, Middle Low German dar, Middle Dutch daer, Dutch daar, Old High German dar, German da, Gothic þar, Old Norse þar), from PIE *tar- "there" (cf. Sanskrit tar-hi "then"), from root *to- (see the) + adverbial suffix -r.
Interjectional use is recorded from 1530s. To have been there "had previous experience of some activity" is recorded from 1877.
In addition to the idioms beginning with there
- there but for the grace of God go I
- all there
- get there
- hang in (there)
- here and there
- here, there, and everywhere
- in there pitching
- neither here nor there
- no smoke without (where there's smoke there's) fire
- nothing to it (there's)
- somebody up there loves me
- take it from here (there)
- then and there
- where there's a will
- while there's life there's hope