Are They Interchangeable?
'It', 'she', and 'he' are personal pronouns that show person and number. 'He' and 'she' also show gender. Read this article to know these three pronouns.
It vs. He and She
These three pronouns are third-person singular pronouns in the English language. 'He' and 'she' are the only gender-specific pronouns in English.
'He' mainly refers to a male person and 'she' to a female person.
'it' is a little more complicated. Not only it is used to refer to objects and non-human things, but it can also be used to refer to humans (male or female). Let's get to it.
'It' Referring to Humans
Normally 'it' is used to refer to an animal or a thing. However, in some contexts, 'it' can be used to refer to people. For example:
- When we want to talk about a baby, especially one that we don't know their gender
- When we want to identify a person or telling someone who you are (especially on the phone at the door)