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determiner, pronoun strong    his pronunciation in British English
/hɪz/ weak    his pronunciation in British English
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.

    Bader 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:

    Soon he had enough money to set up 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’

    Everyone should use his democratic right to vote.

    Each child can choose his favourite story.

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    See also he
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    used in written English for showing that something belongs to or is connected with God


a lifestyle focussing on simple pleasures such as comfort and cosiness in the home, and spending time with friends and family

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a form of location that involves the underwater detonation of a bomb which causes sound waves that are picked up by ships

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