Here a “that,” there a “that,” everywhere a “that-that”

Is it correctly in grammar? I suppose it means

Here is a “that,” there is a “that,” everywhere is a “that-that”.

is my sentence better?

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    Your sentence is correct, not better. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Old_MacDonald_Had_a_Farm – Tᴚoɯɐuo Nov 13 '15 at 15:29
  • Thank you.I wonder if be could be omitted between here and noun? is here a noun or a adverb in this sentence? – Tim Nov 13 '15 at 15:34
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    We don't omit the predicate in conversation. We don't say "Here where you will sleep but "Here's where you will sleep". What is idiomatic in a song lyric or ditty may not be idiomatic in speech. – Tᴚoɯɐuo Nov 13 '15 at 15:54
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    That said, in certain non-conversational speech contexts the predicate can be dropped. For example, speaking before an audience, say, with an image projected onto a screen: "On the left, the lungs of a heavy smoker. And here, on the right, a pair of healthy lungs." – Tᴚoɯɐuo Nov 13 '15 at 16:46
  • When saying these quotes, would you say the word "that"? Or would you replace the word "that" with something else, like "moo" or "cow"? – Jasper Nov 13 '15 at 19:07

The line comes from the children's song, Old MacDonald Had a Farm

Old MACDONALD had a farm, E-I-E-I-O
And on his farm he had a cow, E-I-E-I-O
With a moo moo here
And a moo moo there
Here a moo, there a moo
Everywhere a moo moo
Old MacDonald had a farm, E-I-E-I-O


If you use that construct, every reader/listener who grew up on that nursery song will recognize it. If you correct it, but do not significantly change the pattern (i.e. Here a blank, there a blank, everywhere a blank-blank), then it will be awkward to the reader/listener.

Unless you have good reason to change it, use the original form. However be mindful that the form is an allusion to the nursery rhyme, so it may not be appropriate for professional communication. Unless, that is, you purposefully wish to evoke a child-like tone for some sort of effect such as humor.

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