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The water ____ was blue and clean.
(A) there
(B) in there
(C) on there
(C) at there

There is no context to the above question. The answer is option A. What about the acceptability of the other options?

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TeoWhat about the acceptability of the other options?
Teo (B) in there

Less likely, but perfectly possible. It means something different from A, which means that the water at that location was blue and clean. Option B means that the water within something was blue and clean, for example, "The filthy water at the foot of the hill was undrinkable, but there was a cave up the slope a bit, and the water in there was blue and clean."

Teo (C) on there

"On there" strikes me as unidiomatic in this context.

Teo (C) at there

Unidiomatic.

Option "A" is the best answer because they are testing your ear, and "there" does not accept help in the general sense they obviously intend.

The water ____ was blue and clean.
(A) there
(B) in there
(C) on there
(D) at there

There is no context to the above question. The answer is option A. What about the acceptability of the other options?

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