[Grammar] reference question

wynnmyintuu

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

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

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

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It means "in that place".
 

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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.
 

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

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- 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.
 
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