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determiner, pronoun strongher pronunciation in British English /hɜː(r)/ weakher pronunciation in British English /ə(r)/ her pronunciation in British English /hə(r)/
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Her can be used in the following ways:
as a pronoun, being the object form of she: If you see Mary, give her my love.
in a one-word answer or after the verb ‘to be’: ‘Who’s next?’ ‘Her.’Isn’t that her in the green coat?
as a possessive determiner (followed by a noun), being a possessive form of she: She was holding her baby.
  1. 1
    used for referring to a woman, girl, or female animal when they have already been mentioned or when it is obvious which one you are referring to

    Where’s Susan? Has anyone seen her?

    ‘Is that the boss’s wife?’ ‘Yes, I’m sure it’s her.’

    She asked me to write to her.

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    1. a.
      belonging to her, or relating to her

      She parked her car across the road.

      Emma’s invited us to her party.

      One of the employees lost her job.

      her own:

      She makes her own clothes.

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    mainly literary used for referring to a nation, a ship, or a car when it has already been mentioned or when it is obvious which one you are referring to

    Britain and her allies

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a title used before a man or woman's name as a gender-neutral alternative to Mr, Ms, etc

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another way of saying congratulations, or that something/someone looks nice or fascinating

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