I have to apologize for this question but I am having some issues with someone saying that you can use the phrase

Here the bus can come

That sounds really awkward to my ears and I feel like it's wrong. In the past I was a lot better at grammar but I've sadly let those skills slip and I can't explain why this might be incorrect.

Here is the actual sentence being discussed:

The bus comes => Here comes the bus. How can I meet the sentence "the bus can come here"; is it OK to say "Here the bus can come"?

  • Welcome to ELL! What do you think was the intended meaning of the sentence? "This is a piece of territory where a bus can arrive"? – CowperKettle May 14 '16 at 12:41
  • hi @CowperKettle I updated the question with the sentence. – user1610950 May 14 '16 at 12:44

Here comes the bus is not equivalent to The bus comes; it is an idiom which means, approximately, "The bus is in sight and about to arrive".

(There's a parallel idiom, There goes the bus, which means, approximately, "The bus is still in sight but has just departed".)

The bus can come here means "It is possible for the bus to come here", so it is not compatible with the Here comes/goes idiom.

It is possible to say Here the bus can come grammatically. But this is not an ordinary use; it 'fronts' the adverb here in order to contrast it with other locations. For instance:

When they got the new long buses King Street was too narrow for the bus to make the turn. Here, the bus can come, and that's why the moved the bus stop here.

  • I think you had a typo here: "The bus can came here means [...]" -> "The bus can come here means [...]" – Pedro A May 14 '16 at 16:21
  • Thank you very much for providing such a detailed answer. – user1610950 May 14 '16 at 16:33

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