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determiner, pronoun  strong his pronunciation in American English /hɪz/  weak his pronunciation in American English /ɪz/
His is the possessive form of he, which can be used in the following ways:
as a possessive determiner (followed by a noun): He gave me his address.
as a possessive pronoun (without a following noun): My computer didn't cost as much as his. As a possessive pronoun his can refer to a singular or plural noun, and it can be the subject, object, or complement of a verb or the object of a preposition: My car is a Ford, but his is a Fiat. ♦ I deal with my problems and he deals with his.
 
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    used for showing that something belongs to or is connected with a man, boy, or male animal that has already been mentioned

    She was attracted by his smile.

    Brad lost both his legs in a flying accident.

    The house isn't his: it's mine.

    I saw her parents at the wedding, but I didn't see his.

    The climber fell 1,500 feet to his death.

    his own:

    He saved enough money to start his own business.

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    old-fashioned used in a general way for showing that something belongs to or is connected with any person, whether they are male or female, especially after a subject such as "everyone," "someone," or "anyone"

    Each child can choose his favorite story.

    Everyone should use his democratic right to vote.

    See also  he

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