She is a singular, third-person subject pronoun, that generally refers to a female person or an animal. In this lesson, we will discuss when and how to use it.
'She' as a Subject Pronoun
She is used to refer to a female person, a female animal, or a goddess. She also used to refer to things or act as a generic pronoun. Have a look at its uses:
- She is used to refer to a female person. For example:
This is Jane.
- She is used to refer to a female animal. For example:
What a cute puppy! Is
This is Tessa.
- She with a capital 'S' , in some religions, is used to refer to a goddess. Here are some examples:
I know the goddess of victory.
- She is used instead of 'any person, the person, anyone, etc.' Note that this use is old-fashioned. For example:
Now, this sentence is 'the person who wants to work hard, should go there.'
- In old English, countries, nations, cars, machines, ships, boats, and musical instruments were regarded female. Therefore, 'she' was used as a subject pronoun to refer to them. For example:
France is a beautiful country.
Remember that in modern English, people tend to personify their belongings. For example, someone may regard their computer as a girl. Look:
I love my computer.
Position in a Sentence
She as a subject pronoun replaces the female subject. For example:
What a cute puppy! Is
Sophie is there.
'She' replaces 'Sophie.'
'She' as a Prefix
She in combinations acts as a prefix before the names of animals and refers to the feminine gender of the animal. Take a look at the following examples:
I have a
I know she is a
'She' as a Noun
She can be used as a noun referring to a female person or an animal. Take a look at the following example:
This cat is a
Are you a
In Australian and New Zealand dialects, she is sometimes used instead of 'it' to generally refer to a situation that was just described. Take a look at the following example:
This sanction is putting pressure. But
'She' refers to 'sanction.'
In West-Indian dialect, she is used as the object pronoun 'her.' For example:
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