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“Here, Here!” or “Hear, Hear?” Learn the Answer

Is the correct spelling, “Here, here!” or, “Hear, here!” when you agree with what someone is saying? Meanwhile, should you write, “Hear ye” or, “Here ye?” and what is the meaning? How can we tell the difference between the homophones here and hear, anyway?

Never fear, because this English teacher-artist is here to the rescue to explain, using hand-drawn cartoon illustrations to help you remember!

Here vs. Hear

Let’s start at the foundation by distinguishing between here vs. hear, then build towards understanding phrases with each word.

“Here” means, “in or at this place.” Meanwhile, “hear” means to listen and bring in sound information through one’s ears. Here (haha!) below is my illustration of a way to remember the difference.

Here or hear?
How to distinguish here vs. hear.

Remembering These Homophones

As my cartoon above shows, you can remember the spelling of “hear” because you hEAR with your EARs, meaning that it’s about sound. Meanwhile, you walk from hERE to thERE, meaning the word “here” is about location and something or someone being present at a nearby place.

Got it? Good. Now let’s go to the next level of using these homophones in common phrases.

Here Here or Hear Hear?

If someone is making speech or saying something you agree with, you can express your affirmation by exclaiming, “Hear, hear!” (also punctuated: “Hear! Hear!”). People may utter this after a toast, or in government proceedings.

This phrase is NOT spelled “Here, here.” Why is that? It comes back to the meaning of each word.

Here here or hear hear
Here here or hear hear?

The Meaning Dictates the Spelling

The exclamation is spelled “Hear, hear” because when you’re saying the phrase, it’s a shortened version of the old fashioned: “Hear them!” (as with Parliament), or “Hear ye, hear ye!” (as with old fashioned Town Criers), meaning that what what is being said is important, and deserves attention from the ears and mind. Because this phrase is about listening and ears, not location, we use the spelling “hear,” not “here.”

In my illustration above, a blue-haired woman is giving a speech about how she wants everyone to have free EARrings. This should help you remember what the correct spelling of the response would be!

VIDEO: Hear vs. Here Spelling

See a time-lapse video of how I made these drawings.

Here and Hear, in Sum

I hope this article and my educational yet cute drawings have solved your dilemma about how to spell the commonly confused words, here and hear. What would you like me to illustrate next? Do share!