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    "here" and the preposition hodgepodge

    people in US do say:

    -here
    -in here
    -up in here (maybe when inside a room upstairs?)

    Could anyone please take the mystery out of these three?

    When should I use "in here" or "up in here" for instance?

    TY

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    Re: "here" and the preposition hodgepodge

    Quote Originally Posted by besthost View Post
    people in US do say:

    -here
    -in here
    -up in here (maybe when inside a room upstairs?)

    Could anyone please take the mystery out of these three?

    When should I use "in here" or "up in here" for instance?

    TY
    "Where are you John?" (John is in the next room) "I'm in here."
    "Where are you John?" (John is upstairs) "I'm up here." (not up in here)
    "Where are you John?" (John is just behind you) "I'm here".

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    Re: "here" and the preposition hodgepodge

    Quote Originally Posted by besthost View Post
    people in US do say:

    -here
    -in here
    -up in here (maybe when inside a room upstairs?)
    Yes. I'm up (stairs) in here (in the bedroom).
    Saying "I'm in here" doesn't give the impression of 'up', and saying "up here" doesn't mean 'in the room'.

    Could anyone please take the mystery out of these three?

    When should I use "in here" or "up in here" for instance?
    You shouldn't. It would be a grave mistake to think that, just because you've heard some Americans saying something, that you actually have to say it. (Of course, that goes for what Australians and others say as well).
    If you want to use it, wait until you are up somewhere and in something.
    TY
    R.

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