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There is generally translated by after prepositions : near there = près de là etc and when emphasizing the location of an object/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.
A pron (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 ; suddenly there appeared a fairy littér soudain est apparue une fée ; there arose cries from the audience littér des cris sont montés de la salle.
B adv
1 (that place or point) là ; far from/near/two kilometres from there loin de/près de/à deux kilomètres de là ; up to there, down to there jusque là ; put it in there mettez-le là-dedans ; in there please (ushering sb) par là s'il vous plaît ; we left there on Thursday nous sommes partis de là jeudi ;
2 (at or to that place) là ; stop there arrêtez-vous là ; sign there please veuillez signer là s'il vous plaît ; stand there mettez-vous là ; go over there va là-bas ; are you still there? (on phone) est-ce que tu es toujours là? ; 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 they go les voilà qui s'en vont ; 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 sb arrive) vous voilà ; (giving object) tenez, voilà ; (that's done) et voilà ; there is a hammer/are some nails voilà un marteau/des clous ; there's a bus coming voilà un bus ; listen, there's my sister calling tiens, voilà ma sœur qui appelle ; that paragraph/sales assistant there ce paragraphe/vendeur ; 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? ; what does it say there? qu'est-ce qui est marqué 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 ; I'd like to interrupt you there là je me permets de vous interrompre ; there was our chance c'était notre chance ; I think you're wrong there je crois que là tu te trompes ; so there we were in the same cell et comme ça on s'est retrouvés dans la même cellule ;
6 (emphatic) that there contraption ce truc-là ; hello there! salut! ; hey you there! eh toi là-bas!
C there and then adv phr directement.
D there again adv phr (on the other hand) d'un autre côté.
E excl 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! ; ⇒ so.

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