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British English: /ðɛː/
, /ðə/
American English: /ðɛr/
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.

Translation of there in French:


  • (as impersonal subject) 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 [literary]
    soudain est apparue une fée
    there arose cries from the audience [literary]
    des cris sont montés de la salle


  • 1 (that place or point) 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 somebody)
    par là s'il vous plaît
    we left there on Thursday
    nous sommes partis de là jeudi
  • 2 (at or to that place) 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 …
    (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 [figurative]
    profite de l'occasion pendant que c'est possible
  • 3 (to draw attention) (to person, activity etc)
    (to place)
    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 [figurative]
    ça y est c'est reparti
    there you are (seeing somebody 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 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) 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) 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 [informal] (emphatic)that there contraption
    ce truc-là [informal]
    hello there!
    hey you there!
    eh toi là-bas!

also: there and then adverb phrase

also: there again adverb phrase


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