I have two sentences, and the location of here bothers me. Could you help me figure out whether it's possible to use both of them or only one sentence is correct?

  • The object here is the chair.
  • The object is the chair here.

I know that the first sentence is correct according to the Cambridge Dictionary grammar. But maybe, the second sentence is also correct, what do you think?

I'm asking because I found some pattern in dictionaries:

He can find out more about these books here. They have lived here most of their lives.

I'd really appreciate your answers!


The object here is the chair. The object is the chair here.

They mean two different things (well, actually three).

In the first case you're either saying that the object of this discussion is the chair, or you're pointing to an "object" (which may just be a X on a drawing) and informing your listener that that is the chair.

In the second case you are saying that the "object" (of discussion?) is that particular chair (the one that's "here").


It's a matter of style. In paragraph 18 of The Elements of Style, Strunk and White advise: "Place the emphatic words of a sentence at the end."

In the case of the chair, the important word is "chair"; we know the object is here, but we don't know what the object is until we are told. If the chair were thought to be missing, then we would say, "No, the chair is here." But since the purpose is to say what object is here, we put the important word - chair - at the end.

Likewise, if I want to tell you where to look for more information, I say, find that information here (with a link). If I want to tell you how long they have lived here, I say "They have lived here most of their lives." If I want to tell you where they have lived most of their lives, I say "They have lived most of their lives here [often with a further identifier]."

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    I don't understand the point you are trying to make. You say The object here is the chair to call attention to the object, and The object is the chair here to call attention to the chair. Neither is necessarily "emphatic." Some additional context might be helpful, especially since your link is paywalled. NB Strunk & White is held in low regard by a good many, in part because what they present as stylistic guidelines (of dubious universality to begin with) are overzealously taught as formulaic rules by so many English teachers and tutors.
    – choster
    Feb 8 '19 at 21:05
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    This rather misses the crucial point that deictics like here immediately follow what they modify; or said the other way around, that they modify what they immediately follow. It’s not a matter of style, but of which element in the sentence is stated to be ‘here’, which be any element it makes sense semantically to deicticise proximally. Jul 9 '19 at 1:55

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