He

'He' is a third-person singular pronoun. In this part, we will go through its uses and grammatical rules in English grammar.

How to use "He" in the English Grammar

He is the singular, third-person pronoun. He is a gender-specific pronoun and it refers to males. In this lesson, we will discuss when and how to use it.

'He' as a Subject Pronoun

Use

He is used to refer to a male person, a male animal, or God. It is also generic and refers to anyone in general.

  • He is used to refer to a male person. For example:

He always talked about his dreams.

Nick is just a child. He is only ten.

  • He is used to refer to a male animal. For example:

Our cat, Max, was so sweet. I cried when he died.

Harry is my friend's hamster. He is always sleeping.

  • In some religions, He with a capital 'H' is used to refer to God. Here are some examples:

He is the Almighty (Genesis 49:25).

Pray to God, and He will protect you.

  • He is used instead of 'any person, the person, anyone, etc.' Note that this use is old-fashioned. For example:

He who knows the problem, raises his hand.

The sentence in modern English is 'The person who knows the problem, raises his hand.'

Position in a Sentence

He as a subject pronoun replaces the male subject. For example:

Alan is there. He is calling you.

'He' replaces 'Alan.'

Harry is my friend's hamster. He is always sleeping.

'He' as a Prefix

He in combinations, acts as a prefix with the names of animals and refers to the masculine gender of the animal. For example:

They take care of a he-bear.

This is a he-goat.

'he-goat' means the goat is a male.

'He' as a Noun

He can be used as a noun referring to a male person or an animal. Take a look at the following example:

Are you a she or a he?

Tip

In West Indian dialect, he can be used as an object pronoun. For example:

Give he this glass.

I will tell he.

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