In these sentences:

Here she is.

Here are our parents.

Here is your book.

I don't understand why the first sentence takes the subject-verb order while the other two use an inversion.

Is it because the first one uses a subject pronoun? What is the rule of the order of the sentence on "Here/There ~" sentence? (and is there any difference of rules between "here" and "there"?)

  • What do you mean? You could have written here is she, here our parents are and here your book is. You just didn't. Different forms may be more or less common than others, but there's nothing preventing you from using them. Commented Dec 27, 2018 at 10:19

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The difference is probably due to usage and not a "rule", this often happens in English. When using pronouns, the emphasis goes with the pronoun, so you might say

Here are our parents.

but also

Here they are.
They are here.

and also

Where is Deborah?
Where is she?
She is here.
Here she is.

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