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English definition of “there and back”

there and back

adding together the distance or time to and from a particular place : It was 20 miles there and back.Backwards, sideways and back and forth Grammar:Here and thereHere and there are adverbs.Grammar:Here and there: meaningsWhen we use here, it typically refers to the place where the speaker is, and we see the position of people and things from the speaker’s point of view:Grammar:Here and there with this, that, these, those (demonstratives)We often use here with nouns that have this or these before them, and there with nouns that have that or those before them:Grammar:Here and there after prepositionsWe can use here and there after prepositions:Grammar:Here and there in front positionWe can use here and there in front position, with the subject and verb inverted. The most common expressions of this type are here is x, here comes x, there is x, there goes x:Grammar:Here you are, there you areWe can use here you are and there you are (or, in informal situations, here you go and there you go) when giving something to someone. Here and there have the same meaning in this use:Grammar:Here it is!There he is!We often use here + subject pronoun + be and there + subject pronoun + be at the moment of finding or meeting someone or something we have been looking for or waiting for:Grammar:Here I am!People often say that they have arrived or that someone else has arrived using here + subject pronoun + be:Grammar:Here: on the telephonePeople often use here to identify themselves on the telephone or in voicemail messages:Grammar:Hello there!We often use there in informal situations after hello and hi:Grammar:There, their or they’re?There, their and they’re are commonly confused in English, as they sound the same.
(Definition of there and back from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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