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pronoun stronghe pronunciation in British English /hiː/ weakhe pronunciation in British English /i/ he pronunciation in British English /hi/
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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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