I usually understand tie as there, that is, meaning a place that's being spoken about or otherwise implied. Does it also have the meaning of over there, in the sense when I want to refer to a place within the line of sight (which I would presumably be pointing to simultaneously)? (Not in the sense of way over there in Africa.) If not, how would I modify it to have such connotation in written text?

I was considering ĉi tie because I could, in a close analogy, accompany ĉi tiel or ĉi tiu by demonstration or pointing at someone, respectively, but to my best knowledge, ĉi tie is here which is very different. I'd like to explicitly refer to a place which is proximate but not coincident with me.


Ĉu ni bezonas iri al butiko? — Ne, mi iris tien hieraŭ.

Kie estas la libro? — Ĝi estas ĉi tie [tenante ĝin en la mano].

Kien mi devus meti tiun dokumenton? — Bonvolu meti ĝin [over there] [indikante].

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You can just say tie or tien, probably the best choice when pointing at an empty location.

  • La ĝusta loko estas tie. The correct position is over there.
  • Metu ĝin tien. Put it over there.

However, you may also be looking for the word jen, which is used to accompany the gesture of pointing, or to demand attention more generally.

  • Jen la princo! There's the prince!
  • Kaj jen via problemo! And there's your problem!
  • Mi preferas la jenan. I prefer this one. [pointing]
  • La domo estas jen tie! The house is [that one] over there!
  • Ŝi diris al li jene: ... She spoke to him thus: ...
  • La ŝnuro rompiĝis, kaj la ĉaro ruliĝis jenen. The rope broke, and the cart rolled down there.
  • Ni sidis ĉe la tablo, ĉiuj manĝante, kaj jen li komencis ridi. We were sitting at the table, all of us eating, when he started to laugh.
  • Wow, I never knew so many uses of jen! I think it fits the picture perfectly.
    – La Vo-o
    Commented Nov 26, 2016 at 11:38
  • "jenen" strikes me as very odd, probably because "jene" is not generally a location adverb.
    – kristan
    Commented Nov 26, 2016 at 19:55
  • jene signifas en la jena maniero. Tio ne rilatas lokon. Commented Oct 15, 2019 at 19:45

I don't know when to use over there versus there in English.

I think that it is best to just say tie (there) rather than over complicating things.


There are languages with a three-distance system, for instance Japanese:

  • ここに (koko ni) : here by me
  • そこに (soko ni) : there by you
  • あそこに (asoko ni) : somewhere else than by me or by you

Esperanto has a two-distance system, like English:

  • ĉi tie : here, by me
  • tie : there, somewhere else than by me

Now the English expression "over there" is an approximation to describe the third distance.

While you can approximate the three distances for things in Esperanto

  • ĉi tio : a thing here, by me
  • tio : a thing there, by you
  • tio tie : a thing over there, somewhere else than by me or by you

I'm not sure, whether there exist such for locations. Perhaps tie as suggested by Andrew Woods with a location descriptor would do:

Kien mi devus meti tiun dokumenton? – Bonvolu meti ĝin tien sur tiun tablon.


May I suggest: malĉi tie. :-) I’ve never seen it in use before, but I’m absolutely sure that people would understand it in an oral context:

Kien mi devus meti la dokumenton? — Bonvolu meti ĝin malĉi tien.

  • No, people would definitely not understand "malĉi tie". "Malĉi" has no usage history in Esperanto.
    – Lee
    Commented Jan 17, 2017 at 13:52
  • @Lee. It depends on the speakers. I have at least one very creative Esperanto-speaking friend who would immediately grasp it. :-) I think one of the strengths of Esperanto is that you can indeed make up situational words (w. no usage history) and be understood in the practical context. In his book about Esperanto, Scottish poet William Auld mentions one situation where a beginner had forgotten the word for ”birthday”. The person made up malmortotago on the spot – and was understood.
    – Bjørn
    Commented Jan 17, 2017 at 13:59
  • Jes, ankaŭ "malunua" kompreneblas kaj mi fakte tion aŭdis iam. Sed "ĉi tie" ne havas rektan malon. Kio estus malĉitie? Ĉu ĉe fino de la observebla universo? (rekta malo) Ĉu mil kilometrojn for? Dek? Je la alia flanko de la ĉambro? Commented Oct 15, 2019 at 19:48
  • La Vo-o diras '...which I would presumably be pointing to simultaneously...'. Do ne ĉe fino de la observebla universo. Mi ŝatas ĝin.
    – Olafant
    Commented Oct 16, 2019 at 13:06

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