Can I say : "Here are your shoes" ( if we've found the shoes here )? Can 'HERE' be used in this way? And can I say : "Here these are" (just like : "here it is")?


Here is not the subject: it's the ordinary locative moved to the front for emphasis. The subject is your shoes.

Here is/are X is fine, but it doesn't mean quite the same thing as Your shoes are here—it's used primarily when you hand X to the hearer:

Here are your shoes; I found them under the table.
Here's your book; thanks for lending it to me!

And we wouldn't ordinarily say Here these are (unless we had to distinguish these from some other X, "those X"); we use the 'personal' pronoun they, just as in Here it is:

Here they are; I found them under the table.

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  • Maybe this is TMI for this site, but here is not a subject in this instance. – SwiftsNamesake Jul 31 '17 at 2:17
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    @SwiftsNamesake Not TMI at all. Had StoneyB noticed the title, he would have explained that here is the locative predicate. – P. E. Dant Reinstate Monica Jul 31 '17 at 2:58
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    @SwiftsNamesake and P.E.D -- Thanks for pointing out my oversight. I'll fix it. – StoneyB on hiatus Jul 31 '17 at 14:13

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