here he comes; there he goes


Senior Member

I was told that "here he comes" is not equal to "he is coming".
What does "here he comes" mean?

Is "there he goes" not equal to "he is going"?
If not, what does "there he goes" mean?

  • cyberpedant

    Senior Member
    English USA, Northeast, NYC
    One says "here he comes" when one can perceive, visually, that he is in the process of coming at this very moment. It emphasizes the immediacy of the action, while "he is coming" can refer to the present or some indefinite future.
    The same may be said of "there he goes."