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    #1

    what's the meaning of...

    Well, there we are, we lost this time, but better luck next time.
    That sentence makes me confused.
    What does it mean:
    Well, there we are (on court/fighting/...) ...... ?
    I'd like help from native teachers,please.
    Thanks in advance.

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    #2

    Re: what's the meaning of...

    It is fairly common, but it could have been said as "Well, that is where we are now, ..." meaning, "we lost this one."

    "Well" I'm sure you understand is just an interjection with no meaning, other than a sort of verbal sigh.

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    Re: what's the meaning of...

    (Not a teacher)

    The sentence means:

    Well, this is the situation in which we find ourselves, we lost this time, but better luck next time.

    The difficulty comes with the use of "there," which is not actually referring you to any physical place in this example but to the situation you are now in. "Here" could also be used in the same way: Well here we are, we lost this time...

    Similar constructions are "there it is" and "there you have it," which, in the case of a non-physical objects, refer to the situation:

    There you have it, a loss of three million dollars over the last year.

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