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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.See moreGrammar: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:See moreGrammar: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:See moreGrammar:Here and there after prepositionsWe can use here and there after prepositions:See moreGrammar: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:See moreGrammar: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:See moreGrammar: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:See moreGrammar:Here I am!People often say that they have arrived or that someone else has arrived using here + subject pronoun + be:See moreGrammar:Here: on the telephonePeople often use here to identify themselves on the telephone or in voicemail messages:See moreGrammar:Hello there!We often use there in informal situations after hello and hi:See moreGrammar:There, their or they’re?There, their and they’re are commonly confused in English, as they sound the same.See more
(Definition of there and back from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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