Him is a third-person singular object pronoun referring to 'he.' Him is used to refer to male animals or people. In this lesson, we will discuss when and how to use it.
'Him' as an Object Pronoun
- Him as a direct object receives the action of the verb. For example:
I couldn't help
'Him' is the direct object and the recipient of 'help.'
- Him as an indirect object receives the action of the direct object. For example:
'The permission to play outside... ' is the direct object and 'him' is the indirect object.
'Some porridge' is the indirect object.
- Him as a pronoun can follow a preposition. In that case, him becomes the object of the preposition. Here are some examples:
I'm waiting for
I'm coming to the party with
I can't imagine anything happening to
Position in a Sentence
Him as a direct object comes after the verb, as an indirect object comes before the direct object, and as an object of preposition comes after prepositions. For example:
'Him' is a direct object.
'Him' is an indirect object and comes before the direct object 'a book.'
I talked to
'Him' is an object introduced by the preposition 'to.'
'Him' in Dialects
In North American dialect, people use him instead of himself. For example:
This sentence could be 'he cooked
'Him' as God
In some religious texts, Him refers to God. Him in this context must be capitalized. For example:
''To fall in love with God is the greatest romance; to seek
'Him' as a Gender-neutral Pronoun
Him is used to refer to a person whose sex is unknown or unimportant to know. For example:
Wild animals may attack everyone who enters the jungle and eat
'Him' does not refer to a male person.
It doesn't matter who steps through that door. Shoot
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