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I know "bitte sehr/schön." Is it possible to say "hier" akin to in English?

I'm looking for the equivalent with the same level of casualness, like when you hand something to a toddler after they asked for it.

Papa, Milch bitte.

OK, Moment. [...] Hier! (??)

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Yes, hier is used in a similar manner in German. For example, when someone asks

A: „Gibst du mir bitte den Stift?“
(A: "Would you give me the pen, please?")

then an you can respond

B: „Hier hast du ihn.“
("Here you are.")

or

B: „Hier ist er.“
("Here it is")

or even more succinctly

B: „Hier, (bitte schön).“

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Yes, in such informal contexts "hier"it works in German too.

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  • Even in such a informal context, I would add an "bitte": Hier bitte! If the toddler says please, the parent should too ;)
    – Iris
    Commented Jan 29, 2020 at 7:22
  • Yes, in the case you quote. Not necessary between mates though (even if well-raised ;-)
    – Nico
    Commented Jan 29, 2020 at 7:31
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    Note that the full version in German is "Hier hast Du X" as opposed to just "Here you are." Commented Jan 29, 2020 at 7:57
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    Yes, but in both cases the expression is the result of an ellipsis.
    – Nico
    Commented Jan 29, 2020 at 7:58

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