I'm not a native English speaker. I am having difficulty with some words. Could anyone please tell me if there's any difference between the above mentioned short sentences, as I'm a little confused.

closed as off-topic by TrevorD, JSBձոգչ, cornbread ninja 麵包忍者, Hellion, Brian Hooper Oct 17 '13 at 22:05

  • This question does not appear to be about English language and usage within the scope defined in the help center.
If this question can be reworded to fit the rules in the help center, please edit the question.


The short answer is 'not much'. The two expressions are more or less interchangeable. It can depend on distance. 'Come over here' would be used if the person you were calling was some distance away, at the other end of a hall, let's say, and there were other people in between. 'Come over here' is also perhaps a little more polite. Either expression would be enhanced by adding 'please', but 'Come here please' can sound slightly imperious in certain situations, depending on the relationship of the individuals. A parent or teacher might say it to a child, but it is not the sort of thing one would perhaps say to a colleague, without adding something like 'Would you mind coming here a moment'. 'Come over here please' sounds a bit better than 'come here please'. There are other things you can add to 'come here' which makes it sound less stark e.g. 'Come here a minute' said in a tone as though you have something important to show them, would perhaps not require even a 'please'. I'm sure a lot more could be said on the subject, but I hope that helps.

  • 4
    I'd just add to this good answer that 'Come over here' would also be used more than 'Come here' for invitations to visit one's country – especially across the Atlantic. WS2 points out the semantic (some / a long distance) and pragmatic (softening the 'command') implications well. – Edwin Ashworth Oct 17 '13 at 15:08

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.