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    #1

    Out there

    Hello!

    A. I can see something moving ou there. (OALD)

    B. You can't see from here, but they're out there. (Longman)

    C. I'm not ready to talk to him yet - go out there and see if you can stall him. (Longman)


    About A: In what part of 'there'? Please explain in connection with 'over there'.
    Can 'out there' be replaceable with 'over there' in certain circumstances?

    About B: It's difficult to grasp a specific image of the sentence as a whole.
    Is 'you' watching in a different direction?

    About C: Which does 'out' modify, 'go' or 'there'? I think it modifies 'go', but not sure.

    Thanks in advance

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    #2

    Re: Out there

    Quote Originally Posted by Kazuo View Post
    Hello!

    A. I can see something moving ou there. (OALD)

    B. You can't see from here, but they're out there. (Longman)

    C. I'm not ready to talk to him yet - go out there and see if you can stall him. (Longman)


    About A: In what part of 'there'? Please explain in connection with 'over there'.
    Can 'out there' be replaceable with 'over there' in certain circumstances?

    About B: It's difficult to grasp a specific image of the sentence as a whole.
    Is 'you' watching in a different direction?

    About C: Which does 'out' modify, 'go' or 'there'? I think it modifies 'go', but not sure.

    Thanks in advance
    I’m not sure I fully understand your questions but:

    A.”Out there”, in your example, suggests to me a view from inside some enclosure such as a house to an area outside the enclosure. But it could also be a view from outside to some remote area or distance, also outside. “Over there” suggests to me a view from either inside or outside to an area also either inside or outside.

    B.I infer that neither the speaker nor listener can see “them” and the listener may or may not be at the same location or vantage point as the speaker.

    C.”Go out” is an intransitive phrasal verb.

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    Re: Out there

    Quote Originally Posted by Kazuo View Post
    Hello!

    A. I can see something moving out there. (OALD)
    As billmcd says, this would tend to indicate that you are inside a structure looking out, or perhaps on a stage looking out into the audience. When we say "over there," we simply mean on the other side of something -- the other side of the room, the other side of the field, the other side of the garden, etc.

    B. You can't see from here, but they're out there. (Longman)
    I am not sure what you mean by "watching in a different direction." I would guess the subject is looking in the same direction but just isn't seeing the people referred to.
    This is basically the same situation as number one, although this time you can't see it from where you are.

    C. I'm not ready to talk to him yet - go out there and see if you can stall him. (Longman)
    Out is modifying go in this sentence. Go out and see... Where? Out there.


    About A: In what part of 'there'? Please explain in connection with 'over there'.
    Can 'out there' be replaceable with 'over there' in certain circumstances?

    About B: It's difficult to grasp a specific image of the sentence as a whole.
    Is 'you' watching in a different direction?

    About C: Which does 'out' modify, 'go' or 'there'? I think it modifies 'go', but not sure.

    Thanks in advance
    I hope this is what you are looking for.

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