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    Help me!

    Hi!
    In the following sentence, what does the underlined word refer to?

    'Off they went to look for him in the forest and there atop a tall bael tree was their friend, sitting tight.

    Many thanks.

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    Re: Help me!

    Quote Originally Posted by ne lynn View Post
    Hi!
    In the following sentence, what does the underlined word refer to?

    'Off they went to look for him in the forest and there atop a tall bael tree was their friend, sitting tight.

    Many thanks.
    I am sure you are not asking about the word "there".

    If you are, then please refer below:

    adv. 1. At or in that place: sit over there.
    2. To, into, or toward that place: wouldn't go there again.
    3. At that stage, moment, or point: Stop there before you make any more mistakes.
    4. In that matter: I can't agree with him there.
    5. In a readily accesible or discoverable state: The answer is out there. All we have to do is look for it.


    pron. 1. Used to introduce a clause or sentence: There are numerous items. There must be another exit.
    2. Used to indicate an unspecified person in direct address: Hello there.


    adj. 1. Used especially for emphasis after the demonstrative pronoun that or those, or after a noun modified by the demonstrative adjective that or those: That person there ought to know the directions to town.
    2. Nonstandard Used for emphasis between a demonstrative adjective meaning "that" or "those" and a noun: No one is sitting at that there table. Them there beans ought to be picked.


    n. That place or point: stopped and went on from there.


    interj. Used to express feelings such as relief, satisfaction, sympathy, or anger: There, now I can have some peace!

    If you intented to underline the word "atop", please see below:

    Atop: on or at the top of something

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    Re: Help me!

    Quote Originally Posted by ne lynn View Post
    Hi!
    In the following sentence, what does the underlined word refer to?

    'Off they went to look for him in the forest and there atop a tall bael tree was their friend, sitting tight.

    Many thanks.
    ********** NOT A TEACHER **********

    Hello, Ne Lynn.

    (1) I am very interested in your question. I, too, want to know the

    answer.

    (2) May I make a guess?

    (3) Your sentence is basically:

    They went to look for him in the forest, and THERE [the speaker

    pronounces "there" strongly] their friend was."

    (a) I think (ONLY my opinion) that "there" probably refers to the

    forest. In other words:

    They went to look for him in the forest, and IN THE FOREST was

    their friend, sitting tight atop a tall tree.

    (4) Let's see what others say.

    ***** Thank you.

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