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1Used as the object of a verb or preposition to refer to a male person or animal previously mentioned or easily identified.‘his wife survived him’Compare with he‘he took the children with him’
- ‘Aberdeen are still on the trail of the culprit and the club has made an appeal for supporters to identify him.’
- ‘Allegations made against him previously in Lothian and Borders would have shown up.’
- ‘I'm too scared even to mention this to him, for he is sure to say it is impossible.’
- ‘I mention to him that in real life, he often says something and then apologises for it.’
- ‘George Ryan's work on the death penalty has brought him mention as a contender for the peace prize.’
- ‘The last five minutes have seen him easily the most animated he's been all day.’
- ‘Flying in very high altitudes does weird things to him and can easily lead to an MS relapse.’
- ‘My friend recently mentioned charging him some rent, plus his share of the bills.’
- ‘Gosh, he must have been angry when the original programmes barely mentioned him.’
- ‘After you do this you can probably convince him more easily that he must consider others.’
- ‘Nobody has mentioned him but he's playing well enough to figure and we know he loves it round Augusta.’
- ‘I asked him why and he mentioned that her car hadn't been at her place for a few nights.’
- ‘Police have since been able to identify him, but have not yet released his name.’
- ‘He was very grateful for the meals that had previously been provided for him.’
- ‘Berg himself is so above it all that even his wife refers to him, at least to the press, only by an honorific.’
- ‘I have heard him mention his son several times in interviews, but not his daughter.’
- ‘So why go out of your way as an opposition leader to identify yourself with him.’
- ‘I remember my grandmother talking about him and mentioning the spelling was wrong.’
- ‘I could talk to him more easily than I could talk to dad, who was very much up on a pedestal.’
- ‘It was typical of him not to mention that his daughter, the lovely Candida, was engaged to one.’
- 1.1Referring to a person or animal of unspecified sex.‘withdrawing your child from school to educate him at home may seem drastic’
- ‘I don't know who the new Tory leader will be but education will figure highly with him.’
- ‘It could even be educational: give it to a child and watch him grow up to be the next John Bonham.’
- 1.2Used after the verb ‘to be’ and after ‘than’ or ‘as’‘that's him all right’‘I could never be as good as him’
- ‘I'll try to be faster than him, of course, but I don't even know him yet.’
- ‘Suddenly Ammu hoped that it had been him that Rahel saw in the march.’
- 1.3West Indian He.‘him was a tall, bow-legged man’
2North American archaic, dialect Himself.‘in the depths of him, he too didn't want to go’
Why do people tell us that it is wrong to say I could never be as good as him (rather than I could never be as good as he)? If they are right, why does he in this context sound so odd? For a discussion of this issue, see personal pronoun
Old English, dative singular form of he, hē ‘he’ and hit ‘it’.
Her or His Imperial Majesty.
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