What part of speech does here have in the following sentence?
I am here.
I say that in that sentence, here must be an adverb because:
- It modifies the verb am by describing where I am.
- Am is a “being” verb in this instance, not a “linking” verb.
My friend contends that here is a noun because the word here is, in this instance, defined as this place, which in Merriam-Webster is the definition for the noun here.