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Meaning of 'to be there for'



 
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Meaning of 'to be there for' #1 (permalink) Mon Aug 28, 2006 8:49 am   Meaning of 'to be there for'
 

English Idioms and Expressions, Elementary Level

ESL/EFL Test #11 "Expressing Emotions", question 3

I am glad I was able to be there for my friend when her mom died.

(a) to cry with
(b) to offer support in time of need for
(c) to visit
(d) to travel with

English Idioms and Expressions, Elementary Level

ESL/EFL Test #11 "Expressing Emotions", answer 3

I am glad I was able to offer support in time of need for my friend when her mom died.

Correct answer: (b) to offer support in time of need for
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Coul you help me to explain what is "to be there for" means?
I think, it means "to visit". Is that right?

Dolly
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Be there for #2 (permalink) Mon Aug 28, 2006 9:09 am   Be there for
 

Hi Dolly,

Be there for simply means be with someone in a time of crisis so that you can help them endure any pain or suffering. You don't necessarily do anything practical but to the other person the fact that you are there and present brings comfort.

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