pronoun[third person singular]
- Shane has a nice little punch, but he never hurt me with a solid shot.
- If you let him get to you mentally, he's already won the race
- Everything he's been involved in has become a fiasco.
- From the very beginning, love and nurture your child so he can begin to feel connected to others.
- The student is not an object of the teacher's efforts, he is a partner searching for the ways leading to scientific truths.
- He who is spiritual judges all things.
- Usually, he who has possession of the land may be trusted to make the best use of it.
- I am the djinn of Timbuktu. He that finds me has two wishes.
noun[in singular] Back to top
- She's really a he, by the name of Irwin.
- So he just made the decision - or she, it could be a he or she - to land this aircraft at the closest airport.
- For a few weeks now, Will had known that Johnny wasn't really a he, he was a she.
Old English he, hē, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch hij.
1 For a discussion of I am older than he versus I am older than him, see personal pronoun (usage) and than. 2 Until recently, he was used to refer to a person of unspecified sex, as in every child needs to know that he is loved, but this is now generally regarded as old-fashioned or sexist. Since the 18th century, they has been an alternative to he in this sense, where it occurs after an indefinite pronoun such as everyone or someone ( everyone needs to feel that they matter). It is becoming more and more accepted both in speech and in writing, and is used as the norm in this dictionary. Another alternative is he or she, though this can become tiresomely long-winded when used frequently. See also she (usage), they, and everybody.