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With his sense of piercing irony, there went none of the typical friendliness of the Americans.

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I don't know where you're getting all these "examples" from, but you should note that many of them don't seem to be things native speakers would normally say. –  FumbleFingers Mar 25 at 0:19

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It means

He had a sense of piercing irony, but it was not accompanied by the typical friendliness usually found in Americans.

The original is much more succinct and would be understood by most native speakers. It uses the phrasal verb go with, meaning accompany, but the phrase is split in a way that makes it a bit more complex.

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So this "there" is similar to this there" Above the table there hung a painting." –  username901345 Mar 24 at 23:14
    
@username901345: You do not really need the word "there" in your exemplar sentence. In fact, I think it reads better without the "there," just as sentences beginning with "It" can usually be re-worded to get rid of the too-often used and indefinite "it." So, "With his sense of piercing irony went none of the typical friendliness of the Americans." –  rhetorician Mar 25 at 0:32
    
but this is from a native speaker. –  username901345 Mar 25 at 0:33
    
No disrespect intended. We often work with multilingual members. The phrasing is a bit stilted, but generally understandable. –  bib Mar 25 at 0:46

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