Is it correct to use "here" as a conjunction in written English?

For example:

In comparison to first-generation devices, here, the system is built from digital components.

Thank you.

  • I'd be inclined to call it an adverb, since in my view it modifies the verb "built". But I've been wrong about such things before. – Doug Warren Jul 30 '15 at 14:43
  • You also need to omit the second comma, since here is undoubtedly part of the second half of the sentence. – TimLymington Jul 30 '15 at 17:29

"Here" is an adverb of place, either literally ("Come here!") or figuratively ("Here's an idea: stop annoying me.") Your example is the latter usage, indicating the different place in the description for a system built from digital components. You can look at the word as an aside, modifying the clause following. It doesn't really modify the verb "built" as it would for somebody standing in factory and saying, "Cars are built here."

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