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Which is correct?

Weird is hard to spell. Here's it spelled correctly: weird.

or

Weird is hard to spell. Here it's spelled correctly: weird.

In conversation, both seem acceptable, but on paper the first looks wrong to me.

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  • The first version looks incorrect to me but I'm guessing it's an informal version of: "Here's the correct spelling: 'weird'." The second seems perfectly fine. – badroit Oct 3 '17 at 15:50
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    Using a pronoun after Here is / Here's is fine in contexts like Here's me in this group photo (while indicating yourself in the pic), but not in your cited example. You'd need something more like Here's the word spelled correctly. Thinking about it though, I can't think of any context where the specific pronoun it could work in such contexts. – FumbleFingers Oct 3 '17 at 16:06
  • "Here it's ..." and "Here it is ..." have slightly different connotations for me. The first sounds like you are preparing to show a contrasting view ("here it's ...; there it's ...") or that "here" refers to a specific physical location (in this town/country/etc) rather than a "location" within the sentence. – chepner Oct 3 '17 at 16:30
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Your both examples are grammatically correct, and they sound awkward.

Here are some alternatives to better express the same meaning:

Weird is hard to spell. Here is the correct spelling: weird.

or:

Weird is hard to spell. Its correct spelling is: weird.

or even:

Weird is hard to spell. The correct spelling is: weird.

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