The Difference between 'She' and 'Her'
'She' and 'her' are both pronouns that are used to refer to nouns describing female persons and animals. To know their similarities and differences, click here!
She vs. Her
'She' and 'her' are both feminine pronouns that replace the nouns referring to female people or animals.
The difference between these two gender-specific pronouns is that they belong to different grammatical cases, i.e. they can be used in different circumstances.
She: Subject Pronoun
'She' as a third-person singular subject pronoun has a nominative case which means it can appear in a position of the subject of the sentence. It can replace the nouns that are referring to:
- A women or a girl
- a female animal (especially pets)
- an inanimate object (especially when the object have special meaning and sentimental value to the owner)
- a country or nation
- a person who is not identified as either male or female
It is better to use 'he or she' or 'they' as an alternative to 'she'.
- used in hyphenated compounds to show the gender of animals
Her: Object Pronoun
'Her' is the accusative form of the pronoun 'she', which means it can be:
- direct or indirect object
- object of a preposition
- predicative after the verb 'be'
With this use, there can be some confusion. Because you may see 'her' and 'she' interchangeably.
The complete sentence was 'this is she who is speaking'. Although, some people may consider this to be grammatically incorrect, but it is used often in spoken English.
Her: Possessive Determiner
'Her' also can have a possessive case. In this way, it is the possessive form of the pronoun 'she' (it was used to be called a possessive adjective, but now in modern English, we call it a possessive determiner). It shows that something or someone belongs to a female person or animal.