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Здесь и вот

Hi,

Please can somebody help to explain to me the difference between these two words? They seem to both "translate" in English as "here" but have slightly different uses. Is there a rule for when to use one and not the other? I have established that using them both together (i.e. "вот Здесь") creates the English phrase "over here".

Thank you

2 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/Shady_arc
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Вот is associated with a pointing gesture and is used in "Here is ..." / "Here are..." sentences when you are showing something to someone.

Здесь (also тут) is literally "here", while там is "there"

2 years ago

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Thank you so much

2 years ago

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I'm still slightly confused.

So вот is like Drew Carey and The Price is Right models gesturing towards and saying "Here's your new car!..." (the price is right is a game show)

And здесь is saying "here I am" "we're here(we've arrived)" ?

If I said "come down here" I would use здесь?

2 years ago

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"Here I am" would probably use «вот». The phrasing, though, will depend on whta you mean.

"We live here", "We are here", "He has been here since yesterday", "It is hot here" would use «здесь» or «тут».

"Come down here" is likely to be "Иди сюда" or "Подойди сюда". Place and direction are expressed differently in Russian.

2 years ago

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Ok. I'm not that far in the course yet to be at сюда. I see eventually I'll have enough learning in to understand the context for which one to use. Thanks for the examples.

I don't know if this makes any sense, but so far Russian is more simple and yet harder than I thought it would be all at the same time!

2 years ago

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Ah yes, that clears it up perfectly! Thank you so much for responding so quickly.

2 years ago