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    reference question

    What does "there" mean in the following sentence?
    Why are you still there astride that branch?

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    Re: reference question

    It's the normal use of there, meaning in that place.

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    Re: reference question

    Sorry, I mean "what does "there" refer to in the following sentence?
    Why are you still there astride that branch?

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    Re: reference question

    It means "in that place".
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: reference question

    You asked the same question in post #3 as you did in post #1. Unsurprisingly, you got the same answer in post #4 as you did in post #2.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: reference question

    Doesn't there refer to "astride that branch"?

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    Re: reference question

    - Why are you still in that place?
    - What place?
    - Astride that branch.

    So yes, effectively, it means the same thing in this context. But the word "there" does not mean "astride that branch". It means "in that place". Your original sentence would mean the same if the word "there" were omitted.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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