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@gilbert posted:

When we want to help someone do something, we often start the sentence/offer with, 'Here, let me (help you with that)'. It's something I would say, anyway.

I'm just wondering what here means in that expression.

Hi, Gilbert—Grammatically, "here" seems to me to be an interjection in this usage; that is, I think "interjection" is the part of speech of "here" here.

As far as the meaning of "here" goes here, I'd say that it is basically meaningless except as a discourse marker indicating that an offer to help is forthcoming.

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