Usage of Here you are


I know what 'Here you are' means but I was wondering what relationship they have between giving something and you are here? Or 'Here you are' means you are here with something? Is that why we can say it, giving something? What do you experts think? Thank you so much as usual and have a good day.

asked Oct 17 '13 at 00:28 Hans Contributor

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Some idioms are very hard to explain because it is not formal, it doesn't follow any certain rules, it just ... is.  It is sort of like asking how you know the word for the sky is "sky"?  You just know that is the word. 


There are a several different usages for "Here you are" that I can think of.


I am waiting for you to arrive.  The door opens and you walk in.  I exclaim, "Here you are!"  That's just a simple rearrangement of "You are here."


You are giving me a ride home.  I'm giving directions as you drive.  We turn a corner and I point a few houses ahead and say, "Here you are."  That is much the same as "You are here."  In fact, though, you could say, "Stop over there."


I am helping you bake a cake.  You ask me to get the eggs out of the fridge and hand them to you.  As I do, I say, "Here you are."  What I really mean is, "Here are your eggs." 


I hope that helps.

link comment answered Oct 17 '13 at 13:10 Patty T Grammarly Fellow

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