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    My guess is she's in there writing a check.

    "My guess is she's in there writing a check." - The sentence comes from a movie.

    My question is, if I said "My guess is she's there writing a check." ​would it be correct?

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    #2

    Re: My guess is she's in there writing a check.

    It wouldn't have the same meaning. "In there" suggests that the speaker is indicating a building or a room. That wouldn't necessarily be suggested by "there".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: My guess is she's in there writing a check.

    She's there writing a check doesn't work for me. It needs a preposition, which could be in, over, back, up, down,​ and probably others I can't think of.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: My guess is she's in there writing a check.

    "She's at her desk. She's there writing a cheque."
    "She's at the bank. She's there writing a cheque. She's at the post office, etc."
    Sounds OK to me.

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    Re: My guess is she's in there writing a check.

    Note for those confused: AE check = BE cheque

    In a different context: AE check = BE bill

    In another context: AE bill = BE banknote



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    Re: My guess is she's in there writing a check.

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    She's there writing a check doesn't work for me. It needs a preposition, which could be in, over, back, up, down,​ and probably others I can't think of.
    So, If I said "My guess is she's over there writing a check." or "My guess is she's back there writing a check." would it be correct and would it mean the same as "My guess is she's in there writing a check." ?

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    Re: My guess is she's in there writing a check.

    "Over there" suggests that the speaker can see her and might well be indicating wherever "over there" is. "Back there" suggests that she is perhaps in a back room, potentially out of sight. "In there" suggests she is in a different room (or a different building) and, again, potentially out of sight.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: My guess is she's in there writing a check.

    In spoken English, I'd hear the phrase as She's there, writing a check.​ Without the comma, it needs a preposition for me.
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    Re: My guess is she's in there writing a check.

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    In spoken English, I'd hear the phrase as She's there, writing a check.​ Without the comma, it needs a preposition for me.
    1. My guess is she's in there writing a check.
    2. She's there, writing a check.

    Is „writing” a Present Continuous in the both sentences?

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    Re: My guess is she's in there writing a check.

    No. It is a present participle modifying 'she'.

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