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pronoun strong    she pronunciation in British English
/ʃiː/ weak    she pronunciation in British English
She is used as the subject of a verb. Some people prefer to use she after the verb ‘to be’ but this sounds very formal and old-fashioned: Was it she who spoke to the press? In American English, however, ‘This is she’ is the usual way that a woman replies on the telephone when someone asks to speak to her: ‘May I speak with Mrs Elpin?’ ‘This is she.’
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    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

    I was with Lisa when she bought her wedding dress.

    Our cat’s been bad-tempered since she had kittens.

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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

    There were over two thousand people aboard the Titanic when she left England.

    She’ll do a hundred and twenty miles an hour easily.

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