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  1. terrenziqq's Avatar
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    #1

    Here he comes.

    "Here he comes." means Someone walks towards the speaker, right?
    So, does the sentence only exsist as a simple tense sentense?
    Is it possible that people say "Here he is coming"? to enhence that he will be in front of the speaker in a few seconds?

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    Re: Here he comes.

    Quote Originally Posted by terrenziqq View Post
    "Here he comes." means Someone walks towards the speaker, right?
    So, does the sentence only exsist as a simple tense sentense?
    Is it possible that people say "Here he is coming"? to enhence that he will be in front of the speaker in a few seconds?
    "Here he comes" does the job.
    "Here he comes" is kind of idiomatic. That is the way it is used.
    I can't imagine a situation where one would say "Here he is coming", although it may be correct. The following expressions are also common:
    "There he comes."
    "Look! He is coming!"
    "And then, there he came, with all those books to support his opinion."

    You may try to find a context to use "here he is coming", but that is unusual.

    Not a native speaker

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    #3

    Re: Here he comes.

    Quote Originally Posted by terrenziqq View Post
    "Here he comes." means Someone walks towards the speaker, right?
    So, does the sentence only exsist as a simple tense sentense?
    Is it possible that people say "Here he is coming"? to enhence that he will be in front of the speaker in a few seconds?
    "Here, he is coming" is not wrong but it is a rare construction. You can see a similar construction in a poem by W. B. Yeats "Away with us, he is going, the solemn eyed." The name of the poem is "The stolen Child".
    Last edited by bhaisahab; 06-Jan-2010 at 13:22. Reason: Additional information.

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