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

1. ## 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?

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".

3. ## 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.

4. ## 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.

5. ## 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

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

Originally Posted by GoesStation
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." ?

7. ## 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.

8. ## 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.

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

Originally Posted by GoesStation
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?

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

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

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