1

While I was writing the following text, I wondered how the two slightly different expressions "here I was" and "there I was" might be nuanced in meaning. Also, is it more common to have the word "and" precede the "here/there" to signal more clearly that I'm about to say something opposite to the previous remark?


Ah, I see. The code didn't run because I had a 'break' statement in it. (And) Here/There I was thinking that the reason for this error might well be more to do with the duality of the 'if' and 'ternary' statements. Looks like I was of the mark. If I hadn't asked, I would have kept this misunderstanding for a long time to come.

1

"And here" puts it in this moment, while "And there" puts it in the past.

This is how I would write it:

"Ah, I see. The code didn't run because I had a 'break' statement in it. I was thinking that the reason for this error might have more to do with the duality of the 'if' and 'ternary' statements. It looks like I was off the mark. If I hadn't asked, I would have retained this misunderstanding indefinitely."

Although it doesn't add substance to the statement, the addition of "And here" would not be incorrect, just casual and informal (like "Ah, I see.").

| improve this answer | |

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

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