difference between Hierhin and Hierher

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20 days ago

What is different between tow words :
Hierhin und Hierher

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20 days ago

Hallo 😀. Very good question. There isn't really a big difference in spoken German, both are used when expressing a movement towards a place. The only difference is the focus.

Hierhin has focus on the final direction. Hierher has focus on the starting place.

Er kommt hierher <-- he leaves a place to come here (er verlässt einen anderen Platz um hierhin zu kommen) Er kommt hierhin <-- he just comes towards here.

This is generally how it works but hin und her are quite flexible and the differences are very small.

In other scenarios outside of the hier-, her would express a movement towards the point of the view of the speaker whereas hin would express the movement away from the point of view of the speaker.

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