The Grammar Guide Spelling What is the difference between "her" and "here"?

What is the difference between "her" and "here"?

What is the difference between "her" and "here"?

The words her and here are often confused because they look similar. In this article, we explain the difference between them.

Her means "the form of she used after a preposition or as the object of a verb" when used as a pronoun.

Here means "in, on, or at this place" when used as an adverb.

A good way to remember the difference is the phrase bring her here.

Her and here are often mistyped because they only have one letter different. However, these words have two very different meanings. Let's take a closer look.

Her always refers to a person who identifies as female. It is a singular pronoun that functions as both an object pronoun (e.g. give the ball to her) and a possessive adjective (e.g. her ball).

Examples of "her":

  • It was her first day and she was nervous.
  • If you see her, will you ask her to call me?
  • I really should invite her to dinner.

Here is a location. It means that something is in or at a specific place or position. Here is used to refer to a location that the speaker is currently in or near. It can also be used to refer to the present time (e.g. here is your chance) or to introduce a noun (e.g. here is my letter). Some synonyms of here are: present, hither, available, attendant.

Examples of "here":

  • Let's do our own shopping and meet back here later.
  • There's nowhere I'd rather be than here.
  • Can I get some service here?

Which is right, "shook her head" or "shook here head"?

You should use "shook her head" – e.g. She shook her head sadly at him.

What's the right phrase, "his or her own" or "his or here own"?

The correct phrase is "his or her own" – e.g. Each child must take responsibility for his or her own packed lunch on the school trip.

What's the correct phrase, "here and there" or "her and there"?

The right expression is "here and there" – e.g. You will find the occasional tree here and there, but it looks bare compared with the forest.

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The definitions in this article were adapted from Wiktionary.

Examples of her in a sentence

She rode on obliviously, however, her face strangely numb and her eyes blank and unseeing.
- Demon Lord of Karanda by David Eddings
Lucy got up to look for a dictionary as her phone rang.
- The Replacement Child by Christine Barber
Her name was Cassandra Connor, and it seemed he'd loved her forever.
- The heart of Devin MacKade by Nora Roberts
She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and son.
- Some Girls: My Life in a Harem by Jillian Lauren
He cupped her face with his hand.
- Mystery Bride by B. J. Daniels

Examples of here in a sentence

I would have been here earlier, but the rain slowed me down.”
- In the night room: a novel by Peter Straub
But she did want to get out of here, and the quicker the better.
- Mystery Bride by B. J. Daniels
Why hadn’t he met Caroline here?
- Secret Weapon Spouse by B. J. Daniels
Been wondering who was doin' all the stealin' around here at night."
- Cropper's cabin by Jim Thompson
She said, “So, let’s play a little game here, Detective.
- The Replacement Child by Christine Barber

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