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I was doing some reading on a web site. Here is the sentence that I am thinking why they have to put the adverb (There) at the ending of the sentence.

My biggest sister is actually the smallest...
She also loves horses. When she was younger, she used to go to a local farm regularly to help look after the donkeys and horses there.

Is sentence incomplete without the use of There?

Can I just say

she used to go to a local farm regularly to help look after the donkeys and horses.

What is the purpose of using There?

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  • "There" is anaphoric to "a local farm". It's functioning as an adjunct, i.e. an optional item, so it's a matter of personal choice whether it should be included. You might say "there" was redundant, though, since it's clear that the donkeys and horses are located at the local farm where she used to go.
    – BillJ
    Jul 11, 2017 at 16:58
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    Thank you, BillJ! Your comment is helpful, please write it as an answer. Yours can help me too.
    – kitty
    Jul 11, 2017 at 17:20

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It is not incorrect to put there at the end of that sentence. Without there the listener (reasonably) infers that the horses and donkeys are there. The purpose of there is merely to say that the horses and donkeys were there :)

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