I've been doing some ELA homework and I noticed that 'there' is not always the same POS.

It seems to be an adverb, a noun, a pronoun, and several other POS in various contexts.

How would one know what part of speech the word 'there' is in a given case?


If you would just look in the dictionary........ [link]


  1. in or at that place (opposed to here ): She is there now.
  2. at that point in an action, speech, etc.: He stopped there for applause.
  3. in that matter, particular, or respect: His anger was justified there.
  4. into or to that place; thither: We went there last year.
  5. (used by way of calling attention to something or someone): There they go.
  6. in or at that place where you are: Well, hi there.
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    It's easier to just remember if there is modifying a verb, it's an adverb. "She is there now", "He stopped there for applause", "His anger was justified there", "We went there last year", "There they go". Number 6 ("Well, hi there") is the exception, and it seems arguable because it's a colloquial fixed phrase. – UserIsCorrupt Nov 20 '13 at 6:20

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