Him

In this lesson, we will learn more about the third-person singular pronoun 'Him.'

The Pronoun "Him" in the English Grammar

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

Use

Him as an object pronoun can be the direct object, the indirect object, or the object of prepositions.

  • Him as a direct object receives the action of the verb. For example:

I couldn't help him with his wedding.

'Him' is the direct object and the recipient of 'help.'

I love him.

  • Him as an indirect object receives the action of the direct object. For example:

I gave him the permission to play outside for two hours.

'The permission to play outside... ' is the direct object and 'him' is the indirect object.

He cooked him some porridge.

'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 him.

I'm coming to the party with him.

I can't imagine anything happening to him.

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:

I love him.

'Him' is a direct object.

I gave him a book.

'Him' is an indirect object and comes before the direct object 'a book.'

I talked to him.

'Him' is an object introduced by the preposition 'to.'

'Him' in Dialects

In North American dialect, people use him instead of himself. For example:

He cooked him some porridge.

This sentence could be 'he cooked himself some porridge.'

'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 the greatest adventure...''

'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.

'Him' does not refer to a male person.

It doesn't matter who steps through that door. Shoot him on the spot.

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