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pronoun stronghe pronunciation in American English /hi/ weakhe pronunciation in American English /i/ 
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He is used as the subject of a verb. Some people prefer to use he after the verb “to be” but this sounds very formal and old-fashioned: It is he whom I love. In American English, however, “This is he” is the usual way that a man replies on the telephone when someone asks to speak to him: “May I speak with John?” “This is he.”
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    used for referring to a man, boy, or male animal when they have already been mentioned or when it is obvious which one you are referring to
    I told William, but he didn’t believe me.
    Like all dogs, he’ll chase a rabbit if he sees one.
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    old-fashioned used in a general way for referring to any person whether they are male or female
    Everyone has a right to say what he thinks.
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