A fun look at the German word "hin". We'll discover its core idea and how to use it and we'll learn about German's secret OCD.
This root was essentially a pointer to a presence that was not yourself.
this, that here
It could be a person or thing, but also a place or a time.
Here’s an overview over the relatives
- he, him, his
- it (used to be “hit”)
- et cetera
German and English sources “spell” the root very differently, but I think they’re talking about the same thing.