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Between the following two phrases:

  • "Look here"
  • "Look at here"

which one is correct?

Is it advisable to use "at" in this case?

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  • "At" is a preposition, and is nearly always followed by a noun phrase. As Robusto helpfully points out, there are occasional cases where "here" functions as a noun phrase, but as a rule it does not, so "at" cannot precede it.
    – Colin Fine
    Feb 9, 2011 at 15:07
  • "Lookee here" is what may be being said when you think you hear "look at here".
    – Hot Licks
    Jan 16, 2020 at 13:55
  • You can’t be serious!
    – David
    Jan 16, 2020 at 20:58

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"Look here" is correct. I would never use "Look at here" all by itself, but in sentences such as "There's not much to look at here" or "There are many things to look at here" it is certainly grammatical. Also, it is perfectly grammatical to say "Look at this".

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  • +1: But you left out cases like "Consider adverbs of place: specifically, look at here." (And, yes, I'm just messing with you.)
    – Robusto
    Feb 9, 2011 at 13:48
  • @RegDwigнt♦ Can it be said without "at"? "Let's have a look (at) the way those sentences have structured."
    – Boyep
    Feb 5, 2020 at 14:55
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It is incorrect to use at in this case. You could say any of the following in the imperative sense:

  • Look here
  • Look at this
  • Look at this place
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  • What about "look over here." Mar 22, 2019 at 1:34
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"Look at here!" isn't certainly correct.

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  • 3
    "certainly isn't" is not the same as "isn't certainly". The former says "I am certain this isn't correct" while the latter says "I'm not sure, it may be correct, or it might not be". Feb 9, 2011 at 12:54
  • You guys are just awesome.. (Please don't comment that "just awesome" is not same as "awesome")..
    – EmptyStack
    Feb 10, 2011 at 3:44
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"Look over here" also works. "Look here" can also mean "See here, Mr. Smith..." which has a tone of command.

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